A TRAIN carrying a toxic cargo derailed in Arizona before bursting into flames and causing part the rail bridge to collapse.
One witness described it as like “a scene from hell” as fire “poured” into the water from cars, some labeled with a hazardous materials signs.
The Union Pacific Railroad train was reportedly carrying toxic and flammable liquid[/caption]
Flames quickly engulfed the span of the bridge, with acrid smoke billowing from the inferno[/caption]
Firefighters struggled to control the massive blaze[/caption]
The intensity of the inferno can be seen in this image[/caption]
Video showed huge flames, thick black smoke and three train cars flung from the rails and into a park next to Tempe Town Lake in Phoenix.
Eyewitness Camille Kimball said she was riding her bike in the park below the bridge minutes before the derailment.
She said: “I turned around to look and got the fright of my life.
“Now there’s fire pouring into the lake from the middle of the bridge. … It looks like a scene from hell, truly.”
The train traveling from Tucson to Phoenix yesterday morning had 102 cars and between eight and 10 of them caught fire.
Several carried lumber and the three that fell to the ground beneath the bridge were tankers.
Two were carrying cyclohexanone, a pale and oily liquid that is toxic and flammable.
A third tank car was carrying rubber material.
Union Pacific Railroad said one of the train’s crew members were hurt and another suffered smoke inhalation.
It is unclear at this stage what caused the crash[/caption]
Tanker cars can be seen having derailed from the collapsing bridge [/caption]
The disaster is seen here from a traffic camera[/caption]
Firefighters battled to quell theflames[/caption]
It’s unclear at this time what caused the train to derail[/caption]
Dark smoke from the blaze can be seen from a nearby highway[/caption]
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They also announced that all of Tempe Town Lake is closed until further notice.
It’s unclear at this time what caused the train to derail.
Crews are reportedly at the scene attempting to investigate what happened and when the area will be safe again.