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Train derailment caused by monsoon storm in southern Arizona

July 10, 2018

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say heavy rain from a monsoon storm in southern Arizona has caused a train derailment in Marana.

Northwest Fire District officials say about 20 cars went off the rails around 3 p.m. Tuesday as a strong storm was going through the Marana area near Interstate 10.

They say there’s no indication any hazardous material spilled from the derailment, but debris is scattered across train tracks and a frontage road.

At one point, more than 2,000 Tucson Electric Power customers were without electricity in parts of the city due to the storm.

TEP officials say crews quickly restored power to most of the homes and businesses.

Thunderstorms hit the Tucson and Phoenix metro areas Sunday night and Monday afternoon.

Arizona’s monsoon season runs from mid-June to the end of September.

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