UPDATE JULY 18:
BNSF said they are planning to reopen the track by six this evening.
They say the crew used to move the cars back onto the track has been there since last night and worked through the day.
BNSF said they have not been able to determine the cause of the derailment yet.
Ten rail cars are derailed west of Panhandle.
According to Carson County Sheriff Loren Brand, the derailment happened west of Carson County
Veterinary on Highway 60.
Joe Faust, spokesperson for BNSF Railway said the derailment happened around 4:10 p.m.
Faust said there are no injuries, and there has not been a spill of any hazardous material.
He told us the train was on a local route and that the derailment did not happen on a mainline track.
“We had local fire department, of course, and rescue here,” said Carson County Judge, Dan Looten. “They’ve inspected it. We’ve got two cars, that we were told by BNSF, that are still fully loaded. Eight cars are empty. They were inspected by our crew and BNSF. We have no leakage, no injuries, no accident….so that’s a good thing.”
Faust said Hulcher Services, which specializes in derailment, is contracted to upright the derailed cars.
Judge Looten said two of the derailed cars contain flammable liquid but remained upright. He said evidently the train was not moving or was moving slowly when it derailed, and no other trains were involved.
“You have as many trains that come up and down this rail that we have in a day’s time and it’s not uncommon,” Judge Looten added.
Faust said the cause of the derailment is unknown at this time, but we will receive updates as BNSF learns more.