Train crashes into Marine Corps gas tanker, explodes

DATELAND, Ariz. – Charred metal is all that remains of a Marine Corps gas tank trailer Monday morning. The vehicle was hauling 4,500 gallons of fuel for weapons and tactical training near Dateland, Arizona.

Spokesman for the Marine Corps Weapons and Tactical Instructor Course, Joshua Pena, said, “It was en route to a vehicle and aircraft refueling point as part of the exercise.”

Alfonso Zavala, Spokesman for the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, explained three Marines detached from the tanked and drove off as a Pacific Union Railroad train crashed into the trailer.

“Upon impact there was a large explosion with fuel on board. The train stopped about a quarter of a mile of the actual impact location. The train did suffer some damage to it,” said Zavala.

Tanca Fire Department was first on the scene to put out two of the train’s engines and the gas tanker. The conductor of the train was driven to a nearby hospital by ambulance. Luckily no serious injuries were reported. YCSO officials are investigating the reason for the crash.

Union pacific employees are working to make sure that the train tracks are ready for service.

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