An 18-wheeler collided with a freight train Tuesday morning in Cameron, Texas, Fox News reported.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BSNF) train was carrying mixed freight when it derailed near the town of Hoyte, Texas, Fox News reported. The 18-wheeler hit the train, “which impacted a [train] car carrying gasoline,” Courtney Wallace, BSNF railways senior director of external communications, told Fox News. The crash resulted in a large explosion, and the Cameron Police Department said it has declared the ongoing incident a hazmat situation, according to Fox News.
18-WHEELER COLLIDES WITH TRAIN: The Cameron Volunteer Fire Department is on the scene of a fiery collision involving an 18-wheeler and a train in Milam County. pic.twitter.com/XIQ899wnbI
— KWTX News 10 (@kwtx) February 23, 2021
Wallace went on to tell Fox News that 13 out of the 110 train cars derailed in the incident. Five train cars that were carrying gasoline are still on fire, the Fox News report claimed.
Authorities were first notified of the crash at about 6:45 CT, and first responders were dispatched, according to Fox News. Upon arrival, authorities determined that the blaze was too hot to combat, and had to let it burn down, according to KXXV.
⚠️‼️EXPLOSION AND FIRE reported this morning in Milam County, TX. FM 2095 southeast of Cameron. Avoid area!
18-wheeler vs. train. No details on injuries or deaths. We have crew on the way.
— Rusty Surette (@KBTXRusty) February 23, 2021
Since, police have been evacuating the surrounding area and are telling drivers to avoid Highway 90, Fox News reported. No injuries or deaths have been reported in connection to the crash or the blaze, according to the Independent. However, KVUE reported one home had burned down. (RELATED: Whale Sculpture In The Netherlands Catches Train From Running Off Of Tracks, Plummeting Into Water)
“There were no injuries to the crew or truck driver. Local first responders and BNSF personnel are onsite to respond to the incident,” Wallace told Fox News. “Out of an abundance of caution, local authorities have established a half-mile radius evacuation zone near the site. The cause is under investigation,” she added, according to Fox News.