/ Modified jun 8, 2023 12:01 p.m.

23 freight cars, new vehicles heavily damaged in train derailment in northern Arizona

There was no immediate word from Texas-based BNSF Railway about the derailment.

Train Derailment - AP This image provided by the Coconino County Emergency Management shows vehicles damaged as a result of a freight train derailment, Wednesday, June 7, 2023 east of Williams, Ariz.
Coconino County Emergency Management via AP

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a freight train derailment in northern Arizona that heavily damaged 23 cars and a load of new vehicles.

Coconino County Emergency Management officials said the derailment occurred around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday east of Williams, which is 33 miles (53 kilometers) west of Flagstaff.

They said the BNSF train cars were carrying a variety of new cars, vans, and trucks.

Photos from the derailment scene showed heavy damage to many vehicles and freight cars, white vans poking out of other damaged rail cars, and an upside-down vehicle crushed under another freight car.

County Emergency Management officials said cleanup was already underway Thursday morning.

There was no immediate word from Texas-based BNSF Railway about the derailment.

There have been a rash of train derailments across the country in recent months, deepening concerns about rail safety in the U.S.

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