Train carrying corn syrup derails in Arizona

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A prepare carrying corn syrup derailed in Arizona on Monday evening, freight railway firm BNSF Railway confirmed to CBS News. The derailment occurred round 7:40 p.m. close to Topock, Arizona, and the state’s northwestern border with California.

About eight automobiles derailed and the trigger is being investigated, Lena Kent, BNSF’s normal director of public affairs, informed CBS News in a press release. 

No accidents occurred and there are not any hazardous supplies concerned, in accordance with a preliminary report. It is unclear if the corn syrup spilled from the prepare. The derailment blocked the primary railway monitor and authorities have no idea when the monitor might be open once more.

Three Arizona cities – Topock, Golden Shores and Franconia – had been underneath a twister warning till 5:45 p.m. yesterday, according to National Weather Service. It is unclear if the climate is expounded to the incident.

CBS News has reached out to the Mohave Sheriff’s Department for extra info and is awaiting response.


This is the most recent in a string of railway incidents making headlines. But whereas massive derailments – just like the huge incident in East Palestine, Ohio in February – have gained widespread consideration this yr, derailments aren’t unusual.

There had been 1,154 derailments reported in 2022, in accordance with knowledge from the Federal Railroad Administration. That’s a median of greater than three a day.

But these incidents are down from earlier many years. In 2018, there have been 1,375 derailments – a steep lower from the 8,744 derailments reported in 1978.

Still, the Norfolk Southern derailment in East Palestine was a lot bigger and extra catastrophic than most – 38 rail automobiles derailed, with 11 carrying hazardous supplies. The incident made a big influence on the setting, forcing a whole lot within the space to evacuate over considerations of chemical substances like vinyl chloride. 

An estimated 43,700 animals had been killed and plenty of had been involved in regards to the presence of gases within the air after a managed burn to eliminate the chemical substances that spilled out of the prepare.


Norfolk Sothern stated 15,000 kilos of soil and 1.1 million gallons of water have been faraway from the world due to contamination.

Advocates, together with Erin Brockovich, have demanded solutions from Norfolk Southern, and this week, the state sued the rail firm to make sure it can pay for the cleanup and the environmental harm.

Another Norfolk Southern prepare derailment in Ohio and one in Alabama have additionally additional tarnished the fame of the corporate. However, derailments aren’t distinctive to Norfolk Southern – a freight prepare run by CSX derailed

in West Virginia earlier this month, as did a Union Pacific prepare in Kansas. 

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