Train Derails During Heavy Storm In Tucson
MARANA, ARIZONA – 12 July, 2018
27 freight cars derailed Tuesday on tracks parallel to Interstate 10 during heavy monsoon rains in Marana, southern Arizona. No injuries were reported.
According to AP, Northwest Fire District officials say about 20 cars went off the rails around 3 p.m. Tuesday as a strong storm passed through the Marana area near Interstate 10. There is no indication any hazardous material spilled during the derailment, but debris is scattered across train tracks and the frontage road.
Union Pacific tracks are the main freight route between Texas and California. Crews worked overnight to clear one of the two tracks, allowing train traffic to resume through the derailment site at reduced speeds. Work on the second track continues.
Flood water was reportedly running across the tracks when firefighters arrived at the derailment site, but Union Pacific spokesman Jeff DeGraff said that the cause of the derailment remains under investigation.
DeGraff said the derailed cars carried consumer and manufactured goods but that no hazardous materials were released or involved in the derailment.
Arizona’s monsoon season runs from mid-June to the end of September.
Update video to train derailment. Follow this feed for updates pic.twitter.com/uZa3wgisQC— Northwest Fire (@NorthwestFire) July 10, 2018