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Freight Train Carrying Hazardous Materials Derails In Arizona: Report
A train carrying hazardous materials derailed in Arizona on Wednesday night, according to The New York Times. Officials said the freight train came off the tracks near the town of Topock on lines running parallel to Interstate 40. Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Anita Mortensen told The Times that she had not received any reports of any dangerous chemical spills or leaks in relation to the derailment, to which she was first alerted after 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The accident happened close to Arizona’s border with California and Nevada. Lena Kent, a spokeswoman for BNSF, said that an estimated eight train cars had derailed and that the cause was under investigation. The derailment comes a month after a Norfolk Southern train derailed and spilled hazardous materials in East Palestine, Ohio, and less than two weeks after another train operated by the same company derailed in Springfield, Ohio.
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