Key points:

1. Interstate 40 is reopened after a train derailment.

2. The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

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 Interstate 40 Reopened After Controlled Burn

Interstate 40 has been reopened in both directions after fire crews maintained vigilance over a controlled burn of remaining fuel from a freight train derailment near the Arizona-New Mexico state line.

The incident, which occurred on Friday near Lupton, Arizona, on the New Mexico side of the tracks, caused temporary closure of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 around Holbrook, Arizona, and the westbound lanes at Grants, New Mexico. However, Montoya assured that the situation is now under control, and earlier evacuation orders have been lifted.

It was reported that no injuries were recorded during the derailment or the subsequent firefighting efforts. Firefighters continue debris removal and track repairs, while controlled burns are still underway to consume remaining fuel on some cars.

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation, with federal authorities, including the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), on the scene to assess the situation. Initial reports from the NTSB indicated that approximately 22 cars, including propane tank cars, were involved in the incident. Although two tank cars caught fire, there were no reported injuries.

The BNSF Railway train was transporting gasoline and non-odorous propane at the time of the derailment, according to New Mexico State Police. Thick black smoke billowed from the burning train cars, prompting authorities to issue advisories for motorists to expect heavy smoke and potential delays in the area.

BNSF, in a statement, confirmed that their staff is actively working to clear the area safely. The investigation into the cause of the derailment is ongoing.