By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Tempe Police Department and Tempe Fire Department (Information):
Pictures: Tempe Police Department, Scottsdale Fire Department and AZ Family 3TV CBS 5 (Courtesy):
Downtown Tempe, Arizona: Firefighters from multiple fire department agencies are on scene of a freight train derailment and large fire along a bridge over Tempe Town Lake.
The derailment occurred around 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday on the south side of the lake near Mill Avenue.
Video: AZ Family 3TV CBS 5 and ABC 15 via YouTube (Courtesy):
Over 90 firefighters from Tempe Fire Department and other multiple fire departments agencies were called to the scene of the second-alarm hazardous materials response.
A partial bridge collapse did occur onto West Rio Salado Parkway.
According to the Tempe Fire Department, the incident involves a Union Pacific train.
Flames could be seen running across the length of the bridge and in an area of Tempe Beach Park.
According to Union Pacific, eight to 10 rail cars caught fire and three tank cars fell onto an empty park area below, and two tank cars contained cyclohexanone and one contained a rubber material.
At this moment, none are believed to be leaking and no tank cars were involved in the fire.
At this moment, a person was reportedly treated for smoke inhalation, but the train crew is not injured, and no other injuries have been reported.
Officials say firefighters have been facing difficulties fighting the blaze because of heat, possible unknown hazardous materials, the collapsed bridge and placement on both sides of the lake.
At this moment, it’s unknown what caused the freight train to derail.
The Federal Railroad Administration is sending investigators to the scene of a train derailment.
According to the Tempe Police Department, all of Tempe Town Lake is temporarily closed as a safety precaution.
Several roads are closed and restricted near Tempe Town Lake and west of Downtown Tempe, Arizona, including West Rio Salado Parkway.
Motorists are being told to please avoid the area.
According to Valley Metro, light rail trains are not crossing Tempe Town Lake due to the fire.
More information is still coming into ZachNews.