Walked out of my house this morning to see plumes of black smoke in the distance and I came to find out that a Union Pacific train derailed on the over 100 year old bridge across the Salt River, which is now Tempe Town Lake. A portion of the bridge on the south approach collapsed. According to local radio news the conductor is currently working with over 90 fire fighters to help determine the contents of each of the cars.
I'll be curious to see what the official reports state on the cause. UP maintains this track well as it is their only access to the Phoenix Metro area at this time.
This one hits home as I have always enjoyed watching trains cross the bridge and photographed UP 844 on the bridge in 2011.
The local online news posted this story with photos. UP Derailment