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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has confirmed that federal authorities are investigating a freight train derailment that occurred last Friday on the Arizona-New Mexico border. 

The train, operated by BNSF and carrying gasoline and odorless propane, derailed near Manuelito, New Mexico. This incident led to a fire and significant black smoke, prompting the closure of Interstate 40 Eastbound at US 191.

No injuries were reported from the incident, but the presence of hazardous materials prompted significant concern from local and federal authorities. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), leading the investigation, had safety personnel arrive at the scene on Friday night. They are collaborating with state, Tribal, and local agencies to manage the situation.

Governor Katie Hobbs of Arizona expressed her concern about the incident and its implications for local communities. In a statement, she said, “I am deeply concerned about the train derailment along the Arizona-New Mexico border and am monitoring the situation closely. My administration is in contact with Secretary [Pete] Buttigieg and the New Mexican government. As we learn more about the situation on the ground, the State of Arizona stands ready to deploy the resources necessary to keep our communities safe.”

Similarly, Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren highlighted the concerns for the safety and well-being of the local population and those directly affected. “My administration is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration, and BNSF to carry out precise evaluations of the incident,” Nygren said.  


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