2 freight trains collide in Texas panhandle, multiple injuries


AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - The Latest on the freight train crash in West Texas (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Federal authorities say there are injuries in the head-on collision of two freight trains in West Texas. Federal Railroad Administration spokesman Matthew Lehner says that there are injuries in the crash between two BNSF trains near Panhandle, Texas, but didn't specify how many injuries. BSNF Railway spokesman Joe Faust said the collision happened at about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday. State, railroad and federal authorities have not provided details on the cause of the crash. Panhandle, Texas, is about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. ___ 10:15 a.m. Several box cars have derailed and are engulfed in flames following a freight train collision in the Texas Panhandle. Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Bryan Witt says the accident occurred Tuesday morning near the town of Panhandle, about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. Witt says he's waiting for more details on the accident from troopers arriving on scene. Images provided by KFDA-TV in Amarillo show thick, black smoke billowing from a jumble of some two-dozen box cars strewn along the tracks. BNSF Railway spokesman Joe Faust says two BNSF freight trains were involved in the collision about 8:40 a.m. He had no further information. No injuries have been reported. Billy Brown, a farmer who lives in the area, says he saw a fireball erupt after the collision occurred. (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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