Train derails, catches fire on bridge over Tempe Town Lake

Train derails, catches fire on bridge over Tempe Town Lake
A huge fire is burning on the bridge over Tempe Town Lake. The train derailed off the bridge earlier this morning. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Bridge collapse in Tempe

BREAKING: A train has derailed and a bridge collapsed at Tempe Town Lake. We'll have live coverage all morning on 3TV. STORY: https://bit.ly/2X9e66z

Posted by azfamily 3TV CBS 5 on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A huge fire is burning on a railroad bridge over Tempe Town Lake after a freight train derailment. The fire was pumping thick black smoke into the air. That smoke plume was visible for miles.

AZ Family reported on the incident and said it happened shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 29.

Camille Kimball told AZ Family she was riding her bike under the bridge just a moment before it collapsed. She said the noise of the train became deafening, and as she came off the bridge, she saw people with their phone cameras trained behind her.

A huge fire is burning on the bridge over Tempe Town Lake. The train derailed off the bridge earlier this morning.
A huge fire is burning on the bridge over Tempe Town Lake. The train derailed off the bridge earlier this morning. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

Helicopters helped fight the fire from the air and air traffic controllers were having planes taking off from Sky Harbor International Airport turn to the north, away from the huge smoke plume, according to information from AZ Family.

To read the full AZ Family article, click HERE.

A huge fire is burning on a bridge at Tempe Town Lake after a train derailed.
A huge fire is burning on a bridge at Tempe Town Lake after a train derailed. (Source: AZ Family)

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