Car-carrying train derails south of San Antonio

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A train derailment near Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge had traffic blocked Saturday morning on state Road 1.

Courtesy New Mexico State Police: An officer watches over the proceedings as cleanup begins after a BNSF train derails south of San Antonio.

Socorro County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Ed Sweeney said no one was hurt and no hazardous materials were spilled as a result of the train wreck.

Sweeney said the train jumped the tracks about 4:30 a.m. about 8 miles south of San Antonio. SCSD deputies blocked traffic until about 9 a.m. so workers could bring in equipment to clean up the crash. The train was carrying automobiles.

Joe Faust, BNSF public affairs director for the region including New Mexico, said the lead locomotive and 18 rail cars derailed. The train had been transporting automobiles from El Paso, Texas, to Belen. The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

Faust said the rail line was reopened at 6:55 a.m. Sunday. BNSF works with Hulcher Services, a heavy equipment company that maintains the type of equipment needed to move rail cars.