In Washington and Arizona, BNSF Railway Co. trains derailed on Wednesday, fortunately with no reported injuries.
The incident occurred when two BNSF trains derailed near the Washington-Arizona border, although the exact location is undisclosed. According to BNSF spokeswoman Lena Kent, the two freight trains were travelling in opposite directions when they encountered a problem.
“The issue appears to have been a track-related issue,” Kent said.
The derailment caused some delays in the area, as BNSF crews worked diligently to repair the tracks and restore the train line. BNSF trains were rerouted while the incident was being investigated, which is expected to take some time.
“We are working to determine the cause of the derailment and will provide an update when more information is available,” Kent said.
BNSF is a major freight railway in the United States, with operations in 28 states and three Canadian provinces. The company transports a variety of products, including minerals, coal, and agricultural products, as well as automotive, industrial, and consumer products.
The company is currently in the process of implementing new safety protocols, including the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) systems, which are designed to prevent collisions, derailments, and other accidents.
The incident is still under investigation, and it is unclear at this time whether the derailment was caused by a track-related issue or a PTC issue. In either case, the lack of reported injuries is a testament to the safety protocols already in place at BNSF.