The bridge over the lake in Arizona partially collapsed on Wednesday after a freight train derailed and started firing.
The incident occurred just before 6:30 a.m. local time in Tempe, east of Phoenix. The Tempe Police Department said on Twitter that Tempe officers and firefighters were at the scene of a derailed train and a “big fire” over Tempe Town Lake.
“Several roads are restricted at Tempe Town Lake and west of downtown Tempe,” the ministry said. “Avoid this area.”
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Fox News’s Tempe Fire Medical Rescue said several train vehicles were on fire, some carrying wood. Several agencies are helping what has been described as a second alarm fire.
Fire and smoke could be seen along the length of the train bridge, including the part that collapsed in the park.
Aerial photographs from FOX10 showed that the fire continued to burn when the first respondents arrived on the scene.
It is not clear what the train carries, but the wood was visible 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 very loud and coming out of the bridge.
“I turned to look and get scared of my life,” she told the television station. “Now a fire is poured into the lake from the middle of the bridge. … It looks like a scene from hell. Truly a scene from hell … The flames are intense and the sky is full of black smoke. “
Several videos from the area showed that the bridge had partially collapsed.
Tempe Fire Medical Rescue told Fox News that no injuries were reported as a result of the derailment and subsequent fire.
Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir urged people to avoid the area and stressed that the scene was “very dangerous”.
“Stay out of 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 the Tempe Town Lake Bridge could not be crossed by a train in the Valley Metro as a result of a freight train incident.
Buses were arranged to transport passengers through the area.
According to police, the town’s Lake Thames was closed until further notice due to derailment.
Fox News’ Stephanie Bennett contributed to this report.