Published: Aug 20, 2010 4:11 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 20, 2010 1:11 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A dispute over insurance between the state of Florida and Amtrak is delaying one of the most critical steps in creating the SunRail commuter train in Orlando.

The dispute has slowed down the purchase of $150 million of tracks from CSX of Jacksonville.

The state wants Amtrak to handle costs associated with injuries or deaths to their passengers and employees if one of its trains collides with a SunRail or CSX freight train.

Amtrak is asking the state to shield it from some potential lawsuits and claims, which is the same arrangement the Legislature approved between the state and CSX in January.

If it continues much longer, the dispute could delay the summer 2013 debut of the rail.