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Train derails just outside Dexter Saturday

Lisa Dunlap Photo First responders gather near the freight cars of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train that derailed a few miles outside Dexter on Saturday morning. The incident will be investigated by BNSF Railway Co. personnel.

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Seven freight cars of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train came off the tracks Saturday morning a few miles outside Dexter for an unknown reason.

No injuries were reported, according to Joe A. Sloan, a public affairs officer with BNSF Railway Co., who said that the initial report from crews on site was that four of the derailed cars were upright while three were leaning.

Sloan also said that no hazardous materials were being transported.

The incident occurred about 11:20 a.m. at the intersection of New Mexico State Highway 2 (also known as the Old Dexter Highway) and East Orchard Park Road,. That’s about six miles northwest of the center of Dexter and about eight miles southeast of the Roswell International Air Center. The train was headed south on the tracks.

Twisted railroad tracks and piles of dirt underneath some of the rail cars could be observed, but Sloan said that the cause of the accident is undetermined and still being investigated.

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In addition to BNSF crews, personnel on the scene were from the Midway Volunteer Fire Department, the Roswell Fire Department, Hagerman Police, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico State Police. A police officer referred all questions to BNSF.

Traffic was unimpeded along State Highway 2, by first responders and BNSF crews had blocked the railroad crossing at East Orchard Park Road immediately following the incident.

Sloan said that it is unknown at this time how long repairs to freight cars or tracks will take.

He said the cars will be inspected and, if no problems found, will be be returned to the tracks to be moved by rail. The railway tracks also will be inspected and will reopen once all necessary repairs and safety inspections have occurred, he said.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.


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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.