2 Trains Collide in Oklahoma Panhandle Sparking Fire

June 26, 2012

Authorities say two trains have collided in the Oklahoma Panhandle, sparking a diesel fire.

Texas County Emergency Management Director Harold Tyson says he didn’t know if anyone had been injured in the Sunday morning accident near Goodwell, which forced the closure of U.S. Highway 54 from Guymon to Texhoma.

Tyson says officials received emergency calls a little after 10 a.m. that the trains had crashed. At least one train was carrying chemicals, but Tyson says the fire hadn’t burned close to them.

He says no other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Union Pacific Railroad spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza says the company’s trains were involved in the accident, but she didn’t have any additional details.

Goodwell is about 270 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

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