PortandTerminal.com, July 29, 2020
TEMPE, AZ – A Union Pacific freight train has derailed and has reportedly caused a bridge over Tempe Town Lake in Arizona to collapse. Ninety firefighters are responding to the massive blaze that resulted from the derailment.
The incident occurred shortly 06:00am local time.
Witnesses describe “a scene from hell”. Camille Kimball was riding her bike under the bridge just a moment before it collapsed. She said the noise of the train became deafening, and as she came off the bridge, she saw people with their phone cameras trained behind her.
“I turned around to look and got the fright of my life,” she said. “Now there’s fire pouring into the lake from the middle of the bridge. … It looks like a scene from hell, truly. A scene from hell. … The flames are intense and the sky is filled with black smoke.” She described the experience as “surreal.”
Bruce Haffner described the scene as “unbelievable.” “It’s such a catastrophe,” he said. Haffner also said that helicopters were coming in to help fight the fire from the air and that air traffic controllers were having planes taking off from Sky Harbor International Airport move to the north, away from the huge smoke plume.
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