A runaway train struck the rail gate at the Port of Nogales’ DeConcini crossing today at approximately 10:30 a.m.
The train was moving at a slow rate of speed, allowing Customs and Border Protection officers to jump aboard the train and engage the emergency brake. No injuries were reported and structural damage was minimal. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the port of entry were not impacted.
Mexican authorities closed car travel into Mexico at the DeConcini Port of Entry on Sunday after the gasoline protests took a violent turn in Nogales, Sonora, according to the Nogales International. Traffic was detoured to the Mariposa Port of Entry.
Traffic coming from Mexico into the U.S. is still in full operation at all ports of entry in Nogales, Arizona.
The Nogales International reports that Mexican police “dislodged protesters from the railroad tracks south of the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry.” That led to an attack on two policemen. Two officers “suffered facial lacerations during an afternoon confrontation in which demonstrators hurled rocks at officers, and law enforcement responded with rubber bullets.”