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Freight train possibly carrying hazardous materials derails in Arizona

A freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed in Arizona’s Mohave County, officials said Wednesday night.

Anita Mortensen, a spokeswoman for the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, said the wreckage was found near the city of Topock, near Arizona’s border with California.

Mortensen said there had been reports of hazardous materials being on the train, but said there were no reports of spillage. It is not yet clear which company the goods train belongs to.

Mortensen said no injuries were reported and no travel in the area was being disrupted by the debris.

The cause of the derailment was not immediately clear.

tornado warnings were issued Issued for Topock by Wednesday evening, according to the National Weather Service. It was not clear whether bad weather played a role in the derailment.

Wednesday’s incident is the latest in a string of recent train derailments that have deepened concerns about rail safety in the United States.

Mortensen said officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and BNSF Railway are on the scene to investigate. The NTSB and BNSF Railway did not immediately respond to an overnight request for comment from NBC News.

Last month a fire broke out after a Norfolk Southern Railway train loaded with toxic chemicals derailed in Ohio, and officials dumped the chemicals in the local area to avoid a possible explosion.

The release of the chemicals has sparked widespread backlash within the community of East Palestine, including several lawsuits alleging that the controlled release affected the health of residents, with some reporting symptoms including cough and chest pain. Are included.

Ohio filed a complaint against Norfolk Southern Railway in federal court on Tuesday, alleging the company violated hazardous waste and water quality laws and was negligent for last month’s derailment and subsequent toxic chemical release .

In the days following the high-profile February 3 incident, at least two other Norfolk Southern trains have derailed, including one that occurred earlier this month in Springfield, Ohio. However, no hazardous materials were involved in the March 4 incident.

A few days later, after a Norfolk Southern train derailed in Calhoun County, Alabama, company CEO Alan Shaw faced lawmakers to answer questions about the February derailment.

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