Train catches fire after derailment – causing partial collapse of bridge

A train has caught fire after an apparent derailment which caused a bridge to partially collapse in Tempe Town Lake, Arizona.

Flames could be seen running across the bridge after the incident occurred at around 6am local time.

Police chief Sylvia Moir shared pictures of the blaze on Twitter, reporting the train had derailed.

She said police officers and fire crew were working at the scene.

Emergency services at the scene. Pic: Sylivia Moir
Image:Emergency workers are attending the scene of a train crash in Arizona. Pic: Sylvia Moir
Emergency services at the scene. Pic: Sylivia Moir
Image:The train derailed and caused a bridge to partially collapse Pic: Sylvia Moir

A Tempe Fire Department spokesperson said the incident involved a Union Pacific train that derailed, causing a partial bridge collapse over Tempe Town Lake, local media reported.

Around 90 firefighters from multiple departments attended the scene, ABC15 Arizona added.

Officials are reportedly working to determine what was in each of the train cars and if there could be further hazards.

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No injuries have been reported so far.

For safety measures all of Tempe Town Lake is closed until further notice.

— Tempe Police (@TempePolice) July 29, 2020

Tempe Police said some streets in the area are restricted and nearby roads could be impacted due to smoke from the fire.

It is unknown what caused the derailment.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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