A bridge over a lake in Arizona partially collapsed on Wednesday after a freight train derailed and caught fire.
The incident occurred shortly before 6:30 a.m. local time in Tempe, east of Phoenix. The Tempe Police Department said on Twitter that officers and the Tempe Fire Department found themselves at the scene of a train derailment and a “big fire” over Lake Tempe.
“Several roads are restricted near Lake Tempe and west of downtown Tempe,” the agency said. “Please avoid the area.”
Tempe’s medical rescue service told Fox News that several train cars caught fire, some carrying lumber. Several agencies are helping what has been described as a second alarm fire.
Fire and smoke could be seen along the length of the train bridge, including the part that collapsed in the park area.
Aerial photographs from the FOX10 showed that the fire was still burning when the first responders arrived at the scene.
It is not clear that the train was going, but below you could see the lumber.
Camille Kimball, who was riding a bicycle under the bridge before it collapsed, told CBS 5 that the noise of the train became extremely loud and when she got off the bridge.
“I turned to look and scared my life,” she told the television station. “Now the fire is pouring into the lake from the middle of the bridge. … It’s like a scene from hell, really. A scene from hell. … The flames are intense, and the sky is filled with black smoke.”
Several videos from the area showed that the bridge had partially collapsed.
The Tempe Medical Rescue Service told Fox News that no derail injuries or subsequent fire were reported.
Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir urged people to avoid the area, saying the scene was “very dangerous”.
“Don’t stay away from Lake Tempe and away from the area,” she said.
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The Donetsk metro, which operates a light rail system in the Phoenix area, said that due to the incident with the freight train of the subway trains “Valley Metro” was not allowed to cross the bridge over Lake Tempe Town.
Buses were arranged to transport passengers through the area.
Fox News’ Stephanie Bennett contributed to this report.