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Fire still burning at site of Texas train crash

Residents south of 7th were ordered by the City of Panhandle to evacuate due to ongoing fire concerns following a train crash earlier Tuesday, but that's been downgraded to a recommendation. They said the City's water supply is being depleted by firefighters at the collision.

Each train carried two crewmembers; one man jumped before the collision, according to BNSF spokesman Joe Faust.

Officials from BNSF and DPS say the search continues for three missing crewmembers from today's railway accident.

Faust said it was unclear how fast the trains were traveling or why the trains were on the same track.

The crash caused small explosions before one big explosion.

Billy Brown, a farmer who lives in the area, said he saw a fireball erupt after the collision. 'It's bad. I've seen a number of train wrecks but I've never seen one like this'.

The trains affected each other near the Panhandle along Highway 60, according to initial reports.

Those residing east of SH-207 are also being evacuated as a precaution, according to city official Savannah Willburn.

 

 



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