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Video: Freight train derails in Arizona

A BNSF train. (Unsplash)
June 09, 2023

Around 20 cars of a freight train derailed late Wednesday in Arizona. New video of the derailment was posted on Twitter, showing the extent of the damage.

According to ABC15, the train, operated by BNSF, was carrying new cars, trucks and vans. No injuries were reported.  

“BNSF Railway can confirm that at approximately 11:20 pm on June 7th, approximately 20 automobile cars derailed in Williams, AZ (35 miles west of Flagstaff, AZ). No injuries or haz mat involved. Cause is under investigation,” BNSF Railway said in a statement.

Coconino County Emergency Management said a total of 23 cars derailed and “sustained heavy damage.”

“The train cars involved were carrying a variety of new cars, vans and trucks,” Coconino County officials said, Fox News reported. “There were no injuries or fatalities as a result of the incident. Cleanup is currently underway.”

The incident is the latest in a string of derailments across the country. Most recently, a train derailed near the Mississippi River in Wisconsin in April, BNSF Railway confirmed, adding that one crew member was received “medical evaluation” as a result of the derailment.

“BNSF Railway can confirm that a train derailed near De Soto, Wisconsin (approximately 30 miles south of La Crosse) on April 27, at approximately 12:15 pm local time,” a BNSF representative told American Military News in an email at the time.

“Two of the three locomotives and an unknown number of cars carrying freight of all kinds are reported to be derailed on the bluff side of the Mississippi River,” the email continued. “The main track is blocked in both directions and an estimated time for reopening the track is not available. Crew members are accounted for, with one receiving medical evaluation. Local first responders are on-site. BNSF has personnel en route to the scene and the cause of the incident is under investigation.”