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Massive Train Derailment in New Mexico Forces Evacuations and Interstate Closure

By:Sharla Fletcher/WDNews/April 28,2024/11:45A.M.CDT 

National – (WDNews)A significant train derailment shook New Mexico on Friday afternoon, with thirty-five rail cars careening off the tracks near the state line, sparking evacuations and closing a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 40. The incident, which occurred around 12:40 p.m., prompted an immediate response from McKinley County Fire & Rescue as the train caught fire in the vicinity of Interstate 40.

According to BNSF Railway, six of the derailed train cars were carrying propane, adding a hazardous element to the situation. In response, evacuations were swiftly issued for residents living within a 2-mile radius of the derailment site, while Interstate 40 was shut down in both directions for safety reasons.

BNSF Railway reported ongoing efforts for air monitoring and fire suppression assessments at the scene to mitigate any potential environmental and safety risks. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported thus far.

In the wake of the incident, BNSF assured affected residents that they are actively collaborating to provide necessary lodging and accommodations. Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs also weighed in on the derailment via social media, expressing her deep concern and affirming readiness to deploy resources as needed to ensure community safety.

As investigations continue into the cause of the derailment and efforts to secure the area persist, both local authorities and state officials remain vigilant in their response to the unfolding situation along the Arizona-New Mexico border.