Tempe UP Train Derailment & Bridge Fire
Union Pacific mixed freight train derailed while crossing the Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Arizona.
The Tempe Town Lake bridge partially collapsed sending 3 tanker cars to the ground. Two were filled with highly flammable materials and one with a rubbery substance. Eight to ten cars actually caught fire which were carrying lumber.
The Tempe Town Lake bridge was built in 1912 and is known to have had problems in the past. Union Pacific Railroad inspects the bridge every 30 days and had completed their most recent inspection July 9th, 2020.
The fire burned so hot that it caused a partial collapse of the bridge and cars into the lake.
No one was injured in the incident and fire officials are continuing their investigations.