A train and 18-wheeler collided Tuesday morning in Texas, sparking a significant explosion, officials say.
The crash occurred round 6:40 a.m. in Cameron, KVUE reported.
Video of the aftermath posted to Twitter reveals an opaque column of darkish smoke billowing from the crash seconds earlier than a fireball erupts into the sky.
Milam County Sheriff Chris White advised the outlet the blaze is basically petroleum and that there have been “no reports of chemical hazards.”
White stated the entrance train vehicles have been carrying coal and gasoline, KVUE reported.
“Luckily, the hazardous material was a little further back,” he stated, based on the outlet. “By the grace of god, we were saved by that one.”
About an hour after the crash, Cameron Police Chief Lonnie Gosch stated three train cars filled with fuel have been on hearth and would probably be left to burn, KMIL reported. Three extra have been derailed.
Due to the acute warmth from the hearth, some houses within the space have been evacuated, based on the radio station.
Initially, officials stated no houses had caught hearth, however White stated one close to the tracks seems to have been burned, KXAN reported. Two sheds additionally reportedly caught hearth, based on KMIL
Around 10 a.m., White stated crews from a number of hearth departments have been working to extinguish the hearth, KVUE reported.
“There’s no more threat at this point,” White stated, based on KXAN. “It’s just put the fire out and clean the mess up.”
Following the crash, video filmed by White confirmed thick smoke rolling over a street in what seems to be a residential space.
Several individuals shared photographs of the blaze and column of smoke to social media, some from many miles away.
Cameron is roughly 80 miles northeast of Austin.