News: Tanker cars explode when train strikes semi near Cameron

CAMERON, TX – Three tanker cars exploded when a semi truck collided with a train on FM 2095 yesterday morning, KWTX reports.

The incident occurred about six miles southeast of Cameron, when the semi’s driver swerved to avoid a vehicle stopped at the rail crossing and instead t-boned a fuel tanker car connected to BNSF freight train. Two more fuel tankers caught fire, and 12 cars were derailed.

The flames were so intense that local residents were evacuated as a safety precaution. A barn and nearby outbuildings also caught fire.

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

The train was also hauling hazardous materials, but none of those cars was affected.

Authorities confirmed that the crossing guard was operational at the time of the collision.

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