Two freight trains were involved in a fiery crash in a small Texas town near Amarillo earlier on Tuesday morning. Fire crews are still battling the blaze from the collision. One of the train crew members is in the hospital, three still remain missing.
At 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday morning (June 28), at least two-dozen boxcars derailed after the trains collided near the town of Panhandle, Texas, about 25 miles outside of Amarillo. The collision caused a massive fireball which sent plumes of thick black smoke into the air.
According to CBS DFW, each train contained two crew members, one of which jumped off the train before the collision. He sustained injuries and was transported to Northwest Texas Hospital in stable condition.
FRA investigators on site have confirmed two BNSF intermodal freight trains collided head-on near Panhandle, Texas. Injuries reported.
— The FRA (@USDOTFRA) June 28, 2016
A report from NY Daily News states that a local farmer saw a massive fireball erupt after the two trains collided.
ABC7 reports that officials are asking all residents on the East side of Panhandle to evacuate due to the moving smoke clouds. All residents who live east of Highway 207 have been asked to evacuate to the War Memorial or the Court House if they have no other shelter to move to.
Anyone interested in donating food, water or any other supplies for first responders can take them to the local Methodist Church.