Nobody Hurt in Fiery Train, Truck Wreck in Texas

August 24, 2012

Officials say nobody has been hurt in a fiery wreck involving a freight train and a gasoline tanker truck in East Texas.

Union Pacific spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza says the accident happened around 1:30 a.m. Thursday in Wills Point, about 45 miles east of Dallas.

Emergency crews applied foam as spilled gasoline from the truck burned for several hours. The flames were nearly out by about dawn.

Espinoza says the trucker jumped from the cab before the train hit the rig, which apparently became stuck on the tracks. Espinoza says the residential-area crossing is not equipped to handle a big tanker.

She says a conductor and an engineer were on the train hauling containers with mixed freight. No hazardous materials were on board.

Union Pacific is based in Omaha, Neb.

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