Another BNSF train derailment has taken place a little over 7 weeks since the previous. According to San Bernardino County Fire, approximately 15 railroad cars derailed Thursday morning, April 22, right along Highway 58 near Kramer Junction, which is an unincorporated desert community in San Bernardino County. At the time of the initial report released to the public there were no injuries according to officials.
County fire responded at around 6 in the morning on April 22. BNSF Railway crews were working on getting the cars back on the tracks and restoring the track itself. San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Eric Sherwin said that “This will be a long-term incident.”
Kramer Junction: #SBCoFD OS Train Derailment (Hwy 58 near MM10). Initial crews OS reporting approx 30 cars derailed adjacent to Hwy58. No reported injuries, evacuations, highway closure or Haz-Mat spills. Haz-Mat crews to remain OS assisting BNSF. pic.twitter.com/m8hOesw5t2— San Bernardino County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) April 22, 2021
The main track was blocked and there was no estimate for re-opening as of 11:00 a.m. Thursday.
BNSF spokeswoman Lena Kent said that the cause of the incident was under investigation. According to fire officials some rail cars contained hazardous materials, but Sherwin said there were no leaks. The train was carrying freight of all kinds with the closest city on the train line being Barstow.