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Update: Texas Train Collision

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Kaitlynn Martin1 year ago

Near Panhandle, the bodies of two missing railroad workers were recovered after being killed by two freight trains, which crashed and set off a massive fireball. Another worker is presumed dead.

Overview of the Crash

The crash involved the lead locomotives of two Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co, and crashed head first.

The families of the three workers were notified, but names were not released. A fourth worker apparently jumped off the train before the collision, and survived, but was in stable condition at the hospital.

“The entire BNSF family is terribly saddened by this event and we extend our deepest sympathy and thoughts to the families and friends of the employees involved in this incident,” said Carl Ice, company president and chief executive officer.

One of the trains had refueled with diesel in Amarillo prior to the crash, this contributed to the large fire. However, the cause of the crash is yet to be determined.

Train Crash Information

According to the National Transportation Safety Bureau:

  • Each year nearly 1,000 people are killed in train related accidents
  • About every hour and a half a train collides with another object or is derailed.
  • Every two weeks a train that is carrying hazardous materials derails in the United States
  •  A 150-car freight train traveling 50 miles per hour will take over a mile to stop.


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