Late on Wednesday evening, a train carrying hazardous materials derailed at the Topock Bridge near Interstate 40 in northern Arizona, as reported by local officials.
Despite the potential for dangerous chemicals to spill, there have been no reports of injuries or deaths resulting from the derailment.
The cause of the crash is currently unknown, and an investigation is ongoing with assistance from the BNSF Railway and the National Transportation Safety Board.
The incident is the latest in a series of unconnected derailments across the country, including the Norfolk Southern derailment in Ohio in February, which resulted in air and water pollution and impacted nearby residents and wildlife.
The train company is continuing to monitor the cleanup process and provide financial assistance to affected residents and businesses.
They are also working towards a long-term medical compensation fund to address any potential health risks related to the derailment. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has advocated for such a fund, and the state has filed a lawsuit against Norfolk Southern for the “entirely avoidable” derailment, seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
The train company has committed to addressing long-term health risks and making progress towards a solution. Meanwhile, information from the derailment in Arizona remains preliminary, and the investigation continues.