‘A view of hell’ describing the derailment of an Arizona train in Lake Tempe Town


On the video and images from the derailing site, smoke can be seen rising in the morning sky under the flames, where part of the bridge collapsed.

According to the Tempe Fire Department, the train was hunting unknown hazardous material.

Tempe Police Department Police Chief Sylvia Moir via Twitter urged residents to stay away from the scene, which she described as very dangerous.

CNN affiliate KTVK / KPHO reported, “The lake is raining from the middle of the bridge,” said Kemil Kimball, who is riding his bike under the structure. “It really looks like a scene from hell.”

Fire Department spokesman Brandon Siebert said officers were “taking precautions” and keeping firefighters and spectators “as far as possible” until they learned more about the hazardous material on the train.

According to Seibert, the operator is safe and helpful in helping hazardous technicians to determine what was on the train.

The reason for the derailment is unknown, CNN affiliate KNXV reported.

“It is possible that the partial bridge collapsed due to derailment, but it is not known that for this time,” Seibert said.

About 100 firefighters from Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa and Scottsdale responded to the scene, according to Seibert.

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