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Cause of derailment near Dexter still not known

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. is still working to determine what caused seven freight cars to derail Saturday just outside Dexter.

“We don’t have any more information, it is still under investigation,” Joe A. Sloan, a public affairs officer with BNSF, said Monday.

He added that it will take investigators several days to put together a report that will then go to the Federal Railroad Administration.

No injuries were reported and no hazardous materials were being transported when the cars came off the tracks, Sloan said Saturday.

The train was heading south at about 11:20 a.m. Saturday when seven cars came off the tracks at the intersection of New Mexico State Highway 2 and East Orchard Park Road.

BNSF crews, along with personnel from the Midway Volunteer Fire Department, Roswell Fire Department, Hagerman Police and Chaves County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene Saturday, and traffic along State Highway 2 was uninterrupted, but the railroad crossing at East Orchard Park Road was blocked off immediately after the derailment.

Sloan said Saturday he was unsure how long repairs to the freight cars and tracks will take, but that both the cars and tracks will be inspected. Once the cars are found to be safe, they will be returned to the tracks. Tracks will also be reopened when necessary repairs are made and inspections have concluded, he said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.