A train and trailer collided in central Texas early Tuesday, causing a massive explosion that was expected to burn for several hours during the evacuation and destroying at least one home.
Chris White, Milam County Sheriff, said a BNSF train collided with a flatbed tractor unit around 6:40 a.m. at a marked crossing along Farm-to-Market Road 2095 southeast Cameron.
White said the train was carrying petrol and coal in the front compartments, and that this led to the massive explosion.
This fire continued to burn after several hours and White said BNSF was sending crews from Dallas and Houston to help control the fire while heavy foam was being brought in from Temple to help extinguish the fire.
The fire is expected to start early Tuesday afternoon.
White said there were hazardous materials in some of the train cars but that they came back more on the train and were not part of the fire or explosion.
“There was some coal, gasoline and some other elements … The biggest threat was the phosphoric acid solution, but that was one car behind the fire and so it wasn’t punctured … We thank God for that,” White said. “By the grace of God, save us on that.”
the National Security Forces removed the cars carrying dangerous materials and pushed them away from the fire.
White said it was not clear what, if any, the flatbed was transporting.
White said that some nearby homes had been evacuated along the smoke path and that one of the houses near the track had been destroyed by the fire.
White said there were no reports of injuries, and the truck driver and train crew were at the scene.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is currently the primary investigative agency. No further details were disclosed.