The derailment of a freight train on a bridge in the state of Arizona, in the United States, sparked an impressive fire on Wednesday, although it was not immediately reported that it had caused fatalities or injuries
Local media released images of the cars stuck on the metal structure that crosses Lake Tempe Tow, near the city of Phoenix (capital of Arizona), from which thick columns of smoke were emitted.
Several of the carriages managed to break the bridge and fall onto minor tracks that pass underneath, without the flames spreading.
The fire did spread rapidly almost to the middle of the bridge, although it did not cover the entire length of the extensive railway.
One person was treated for smoke inhalation, but none of the convoy’s crew was injured, according to information released by the Union Pacific company.
The Tempe Police reported in his official account of the social network Twitter of a « great fire on Lake Tempe Town « , which forced the mobilization of personnel from that department, as well as that of the Fire Department.
« Several roads are restricted, » added the local police, who asked to avoid the area.
According to the Police, different agencies were working « hard » to combat the alarm of fire and to determine the causes of the derailment of the train.
The Tempe city Twitter account also warned that « all activities and sailing lessons » on Lake Tempe Pow have been canceled due to the accident.
Union Pacific, the second most important rail freight transportation system of all U.S, indicated that the event occurred at 06:15 local time (13:15 GMT) and involved a total of ten wagons of the train of goods.