Arizona Train Derailment Ignites Massive Fire, Bridge Partially Collapses
Wed, 07/29/2020 – 11:47
A massive fire is burning near Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday morning following a freight train derailment on a bridge.
Union Pacific said at least ten cars derailed on a bridge over Tempe Town Lake at 6:15 am, reported CBS 5 Phoenix.
Video from social media shows scenes of the train derailment on the bridge. Tempe firefighters, paramedics, and police have arrived at the incident area.
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“This is a coordinated attack with several agencies fighting the fire involving multiple train cars,” Tempe police Det. Natalie Barela said in a statement, quoted by NBC News.
#Tempe: Emergency services in the U.S. state of Arizona are attending the scene of a freight train derailment on a bridge in Tempe. Local media is reporting that the bridge has partially collapsed as a result of the derailment. pic.twitter.com/zQWInp4JDZ
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“The cause of the derailment has not been identified. This is a very fluid and active scene,” said Barela.
Tempe Fire Medical Rescue told Fox News multiple train cars carrying lumber were on fire, describing the incident as a second-alarm.
An aerial view shows a partial bridge collapse over Tempe Town Lake.
It’s not yet clear what caused the train derailment.