A train transporting corn syrup has derailed in Arizona, resulting in a perplexing predicament for local authorities. The train, which was carrying an estimated 1.2 million gallons of corn syrup, derailed near the town of Seligman in the early hours of Monday morning.
The cause of the derailment has yet to be determined, though officials have ruled out foul play. Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion at the time of the incident, leading some to speculate that the train may have been affected by a faulty track.
The derailed train, which was operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, was en route from New Mexico to California. Upon inspection, it was revealed that seven of the train’s cars had left the rails, and several others were damaged in the incident.
The spilled corn syrup has posed a difficult conundrum for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). As the syrup seeped into the surrounding area, it raised serious concerns about potential water contamination. In response, the ADEQ has deployed a specialized cleanup crew to the area and is currently assessing the extent of the damage.
Given the complex and technical nature of the incident, it is expected that the ADEQ will require extensive resources and time to successfully contain the spill and restore the affected area to its original condition. In the meantime, authorities are urging area residents to take appropriate safety precautions.