Two crew members suffer minor injuries; treated at Mimbres Memorial Hospital
GAGE, N.M. – Twenty empty rail cars and two locomotives left the train tracks in southern New Mexico on Tuesday.
Union Pacific spokesman Jeff DeGraff says two crew members who suffered minor injuries were taken to a Mimbres Memorial Hospital in Deming as a precaution. No other injuries were reported.
The derailment occurred 30 miles east of Lordsburg.
DeGraff says the cause of the derailment hasn’t yet been determined. New Mexico State Police say the derailment is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
He says the train had left Los Angeles and was headed to Santa Teresa, New Mexico, with empty cargo containers.
No vehicles were involved in the derailment.
According to a New Mexico State Police report, the accident occurred parallel to Interstate 10 at mile marker 55 near the westbound lanes.
A pile-up of train cars could be seen near the interstate, with EMP freight containers twisted and smashed, and two Union Pacific engines at the head of the train with one resting at an angle.
State police closed Frontage Road 1015 (Gunter Ranch Road), according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation who were also at the scene of the accident. NMDOT urged motorists to reduce speed, obey posted signs and watch for emergency…