Train Carrying Fuel Derails at Arizona-New Mexico Border, Prompts Interstate Closure

A train derailment at the Arizona-New Mexico state line is currently under investigation, causing disruptions for travelers. The freight train, transporting propane and gasoline, derailed near Lupton, Arizona, prompting authorities to close both directions of Interstate 40 near Chambers, Arizona initially. Currently, only the eastbound lanes remain closed, with drivers rerouted onto US 191 northbound.

The Arizona Corporation Commission identified the train as belonging to BNSF and confirmed the derailment near Lupton. Meanwhile, the New Mexico Department of Transportation reported a derailment near Gallup on their Facebook page.

The Apache County Sheriff’s Office stated on Facebook that the derailment is being treated as a hazardous materials incident, leading to evacuation orders for nearby areas. Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs expressed her concern about the situation on social media and assured that she is monitoring it closely.

Investigations by the National Transportation Board (NTSB) and the Federal Road Administration (FRA) are currently underway to determine the cause of the derailment. Fortunately, there have been no reported injuries stemming from the incident.

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