The bridge over Lake Arizona partially collapsed on Wednesday after a freight train drove off and burned down.
The incident occurred just before 6:30 a.m. local time in Tempe, east of Phoenix. The Tempe Police Department told Twitter that officers and the Tempe Fire Department were at the scene of a train derailment and a “major fire” over the city of Tempe Lake.
“Several roads are bounded near Lake Tempe and west of Tempe city center,” the department said. “Please avoid the territory.”
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Tempe firefighters told Fox News that several train cars were killed in the fire, some carrying timber. Several agencies are helping what has been described as a second alarm.
Fire and smoke could be seen along the entire length of the train bridge, including the part that collapsed in the park area.
From the aerial images seen on the FOX10, the fire was still on fire when the first reactors arrived at the scene.
It is not clear what the train was carrying, but the wood could be seen in the water below.
Camille Kimball, who was riding a bicycle under the bridge before it collapsed, told CBS 5 that the noise from the train was particularly loud when it fell off the bridge.
“I turned to look around and was scared of my life,” she told the television station. “Now a fire is pouring from the middle of the bridge into the lake. It really looks like hell. The hell scene. … The flames are intense and the sky is filled with black smoke.”
Several videos from this area showed the bridge partially collapsed.
Tempe firefighters told Fox News that there were no reports of injuries from derailment and a subsequent fire.
Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir urged people to avoid the area and claimed the scene was “very dangerous”.
“Don’t leave the Tempe town lake and away from the area,” she said.
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Valley Metro, which operates a light rail system in the Phoenix area, said Valley Metro trains were not allowed to cross the Tempe Lake Bridge due to a freight train incident.
Buses were arranged to transport passengers through the area.
Fox News Stephanie Bennett contributed to this report.