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Arizona train derailment sees 20 cars overturn in Coolidge, Phoenix as Hazmat team deals with chemical leak

People are being advised to avoid the highway in Coolidge, Arizona after a train derailed.

About 20 cars of a long-distance Union Pacific train derailed just before noon. However, no injuries were reported, Union Pacific said.

A train derailed in Arizona, causing more than 20 carriages to overturn with some possibly containing hazardous materials

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A train derailed in Arizona, causing more than 20 carriages to overturn with some possibly containing hazardous materialsCredit: FOX 10

One of the cars was transporting cyclohexanone, a solvent used to degrease metals and remove stains. Solvent spilled after the collision and Hazmat employees were called in to clean it up.

The incident happened in the area of ​​La Palma Road and Highway 287, about 5 kilometers south of Coolidge.

Residents are being warned by public safety authorities to stay away from the area in case of any possible gas leaks.

Motorists are also encouraged to find an alternative driving route as nearby roads are expected to be closed for some time.

No evacuation orders were made and the area has since been secured. An investigation into the cause of the derailment has begun.

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Bobby Allyn

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