Train derails in Marana

A train derailed during heavy rain in Marana July 10 along Interstate 10 with about 27 railcars and close to 40 containers, according to Brian Keeley, public information officer for Northwest Fire District. No injuries were reported, but debris landed on the frontage road. The Twin Peaks and Avra Valley exits were forced to temporarily close.

Northwest Fire initially responded to a call from a stranded motorist along the frontage road and between that call and their arrival, the train derailed, Keeley says. First responders were on the scene almost immediately, before they received 911 calls.

Also, published reports say there were suspected narcotics on the train, but Marana Police Department’s spokesman didn’t return calls for comment.