The crash happened just south of the rail yard near Altamont Drive just before 11.
Devon Brown of Klamath County Fire District #1 was among the first responders, saying, “Turned out to be a train derailment of approximately 6 to 10 cars. One car is a low-pressure tank car that contained argon. It’s not leaking, it’s an armored car.”
Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas later confirmed a total of 15 cars derailed. Four of those cars fell onto their side, three of those cars were carrying lumber while the third was the tank car loaded with argon.
Melonas said the cause of the derailment is still under investigation, adding that there were no injuries.
According to BNSF, the train was outbound at a speed of 7 mph.
The derailment did not block any major rail lines through the area.
Crews have been called in from outside the area to re-rail the cars.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.