CAMERON, TX – No injuries were reported after an 18-wheeler hit the side of a train carrying liquid petroleum on Tuesday morning in Milam County, causing a massive explosion.
The train driver and the 18-wheeler driver both survived and escaped injury. It’s not a hazardous situation, the train was carrying liquid petroleum, according to Chris White, Milam County’s Sheriff.
Sheriff Chris White said the call came in at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday. The incident occurred near FM 2095.
According to DPS, the 18-wheeler hit the side of the train and the train deflected the 18-wheeler.
The train carried coal and gasoline up front, which Sheriff White said was what caused the great fire and smoke.
There was dangerous material further back, but the BNSF showed up to separate it from the fire and remove it.
The first Hazmat crew of the BNSF is on site and others are on the way.
AMR, DPS, Rosebud Fire, Cameron Volunteer Fire Department and Hearne Fire Department were on site.
The Temple Fire Department and BNSF have crews from Houston and Dallas today to put out the fire with foam.
According to official information, there was a sulfuric acid tank on board, but it remains untouched.
The fire is too hot right now, so the officers let the fire burn a little. All houses in the immediate vicinity have been evacuated.
Heavy foam is on its way to put out the fire, but the first responders keep the fire burning.
Sheriff White said it appears that a house near the train tracks burned down but no one was injured.
According to Sheriff White, about 11 cars went off the track.
“The biggest threat is over,” said Sheriff White.