Two freight trains collided in Panhandle, Texas, on Tuesday morning, sparking an explosion and fire, according to officials and witnesses.
The Carson County Sheriff’s Office, in an update at 1 p.m., said a “no fly zone” was set up in place over the area.
One person was transported to nearby Amarillo for medical care. “We have no information on other injuries or casualties at this time,” the office said.
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Rescue efforts are underway at the scene for three other railroad employees involved in the crash, local first responders told Newschannel 10.
It’s unclear what freight the trains were carrying.
Emergency crews are still attempting to put out the fire amid “dangerous conditions for our emergency responders,” the sheriff’s statement read. “We have all the manpower we need and ask that you stay away from this area for your health and for the safety of our emergency responders.”
The Texas Department of Transportation said Highway 60 in Panhandle has been closed due to the derailment and fire. It’s unclear when it will reopen.
The Carson County Sheriff’s Office said that residents east of road SH 207 are being evacuated due to shifting winds around the fiery wreckage. “All persons north of that area should shelter in place,” it said.
At least one of the trains involved BNSF, one of the largest railway companies in the United States.
The Carson County Emergency Operations Center was activated, and officials from Carson County, TCEQ, the Texas Health Department, Texas Highway Patrol, BNSF, and other agencies are helping in the response.
The sheriff’s department said that the Red Cross is set up at the Panhandle War Memorial building Pa, and “the fire has strained the municipal water supply in Panhandle. Residents are asked to conserve water during this emergency.”