Phoenix UP derailment and bridge collapse

badlandnp Jul 31, 2020

  1. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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  2. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    Oh, that's a terrible sight. This is probably on the former SP that handles trains to Phoenix, which isn't on the main line. This was once a through line, leaving the main at Picacho, AZ, running north to pass through Phoenix and then continuing west to rejoin the main east of Yuma. The western portion has been out of service for quite a few years now, leaving the UP with the Picacho connection only. Looks like the BNSF will gain some additional tonnage for a while.
     
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  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Heard about this incident. I agree that learning what happened will be very much on our minds.
     
  4. fitz

    fitz Staff Member

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    Did the bridge collapse occur after the accident or was it the cause?
     
  5. Kurt Moose

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    Apparently, there is a light rail line right next to it and they were running trains thru it for a bit?! I've seen a few videos on Twitter, that's gotta' be freaky for the passengers!!:eek:o_O:sick::mad:
     
  6. badlandnp

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    It appears that there was a minor derailment a while back, followed by a repair and inspection. Then this mess. It sounds like the derailment caused the fire.
     
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  7. nscalestation

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    My wife and I have been staying in Tempe for over a week near that line about a mile south of the wreck. Surprised we didn’t hear anything.
     
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