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Derailed train continues to burn near Arizona-New Mexico border

New Mexico State Police have closed all lanes of Interstate 40 west of Gallup due to a train derailment. The derailment occurred near the New Mexico-Arizona border. According to New Mexico State Police, the train was carrying odorless propane and gasoline. Evacuations have been issued for residences within two miles of the half-mile marker of Interstate 40 in New Mexico. Shelter in place is set up at Lupton Chapter House. State Police closed traffic for westbound interstate traffic at mile marker 16. Arizona DPS closed eastbound traffic at mile marker 333 in its state. There are several other road closures caused by the trail derailment and fire. State Route 118 northbound on the highway is closed. Highway 12 and County Road 1 in Tseyatoh are also closed to traffic. Interstate 40 Exit 333 is open for detours on State Route 191 in both directions. Lupton Road is closed to traffic on the south side. The highway is expected to remain closed indefinitely. McKinley County officials said it will remain closed indefinitely. The highway will reopen once the fire is extinguished and other safety issues are resolved. Hazmat teams were present on site during the train derailment and provided support. Officials with the Apache County Sheriff’s Office say the incident is being treated as a hazardous materials situation. Firefighters are not actively trying to put out the flames. This fire decision was made in an effort to safely mitigate existing conditions, according to McKinley County Fire and Rescue. The road is expected to be closed for an extended period while crews work. to contain the fire. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg released a statement regarding train derailment response. The information was published on X, formerly known as Twitter. BNSF officials say the cause is under investigation and no injuries have been reported. Download the KOAT app for the latest information.

New Mexico State Police have closed all lanes of Interstate 40 west of Gallup due to a train derailment.

The derailment occurred near the New Mexico-Arizona border.

According to New Mexico State Police, the train was carrying odorless propane and gasoline.

Evacuations have been issued for residences within two miles of the half-mile marker of Interstate 40 in New Mexico. Shelter in place is set up at the Lupton chapter house.

State Police stopped westbound interstate traffic at mile marker 16. Arizona DPS stopped eastbound traffic at mile marker 333 in their state.

There are several other road closures caused by the trail derailment and fire. State Route 118 northbound on the highway is closed. Highway 12 and County Road 1 in Tseyatoh are also closed to traffic.

Interstate 40 Exit 333 is open for detours on State Road 191 in both directions. Lupton Road is closed to traffic on the south side.

The highway is expected to remain closed indefinitely. McKinley County officials said it will remain closed indefinitely.

The highway will reopen once the fire is extinguished and other safety issues are resolved. Hazmat teams are present at the scene of the train derailment and providing support.

Officials with the Apache County Sheriff’s Office say the incident is being treated as a hazardous materials situation. Firefighters are not actively trying to put out the flames.

This fire decision was made in an effort to safely mitigate existing conditions, according to McKinley County Fire and Rescue.

The road is expected to be closed for an extended period as crews work to contain the fire.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg released a statement regarding train derailment response. It was posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

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BNSF officials say the cause is under investigation and no injuries have been reported.

This is a developing story. Download the KOAT app for the latest information.



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