Rescue efforts underway for 3 railroad employees after trains collide near Panhandle, TX

Update New cell phone video of moments just after the initial impact are available here

 

HMN- As with most railway incidents this will take some time to sort out and understand what went wrong. However, at this time it’s still an ongoing search and rescue mission.

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PANHANDLE, TX (KFDA) –
UPDATE 12:41 p.m. – Rescue operations are still ongoing at the scene. Residents in the southeast quadrant of Panhandle are being evacuated at this time. Officials on scene say smoke and fire remain as the largest concerns, not any hazardous material in the area.

The FAA has shut down the immediate air space over the area.

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12:04 p.m. – Witnesses say they heard screeching and the ground shook like there was an explosion. One witness said they saw an engine going underneath the other. The collision was so hard it shook the trailers across the street.

11:27 a.m. – BNSF has confirmed that the lead locomotives on two intermodal trains collided near Panhandle, TX, this morning, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at approximately 8:40 a.m. CT. Four BNSF employees were involved in the incident.

Local first responders and BNSF personnel were deployed to the scene. By 9:02 a.m., one employee was transported to a local hospital and is being treated. Rescue efforts are underway at the scene with respect to the three other railroad employees involved in the incident.

BNSF will provide additional details as they become available.

Read the full story from News 10 here.

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