Video: Massive explosion, fire in Texas after train, 18-wheeler collide
Residents nearby were evacuated as firefighters managed the fiery scene
By Laura French
CAMERON, Texas — A train and an 18-wheeler truck collided in Texas on Tuesday morning, causing a massive explosion and blaze leading to evacuations in the area.
Photos and videos show the aftermath of the collision, with thick black smoke billowing through the air as well as flames rising from the tracks. One video shows a fireball erupting from the burning wreckage.
EXPLOSION VIDEO: Ryan Kyburz captured the moments when a fire cloud erupted from the already heavily smoking train and 18-wheeler in Cameron. What we know so far >> https://t.co/dROScKIrrE— KCENNews (@6NewsCTX) February 23, 2021
**WARNING: Video contains graphic language.** pic.twitter.com/gKV20WLz25
County officials reported that about 14 train cars were derailed as a result of the collision, according to KBTX. Residences nearby were evacuated, but officials said there is not a hazmat situation and that the train was hauling petroleum, according to KXXV.
18-WHEELER COLLIDES WITH TRAIN: The Cameron Volunteer Fire Department is on the scene of a fiery collision involving an 18-wheeler and a train in Milam County. pic.twitter.com/XIQ899wnbI— KWTX News 10 (@kwtx) February 23, 2021
The train conductor and the driver of the 18-wheeler reportedly survived without injuries.
LIVE: Massive explosion after train collides with 18-wheeler in Cameron https://t.co/WS3AOTZRHo— KCENNews (@6NewsCTX) February 23, 2021
8:15AM UPDATE - MILAM CO FIRE— Rusty Surette (@KBTXRusty) February 23, 2021
💥 3 cars loaded with fuel are currently burning and will likely be left to burn out.
💥At least one structure has caught fire near the tracks.
💥There are evacuations. No fatalities.
Info from KMIL-FM 105.1 (@1051theranch) pic.twitter.com/GhPFOI4C6v
MILAM COUNTY TRAIN FIRE UPDATE: 9:55 am— Rusty Surette (@KBTXRusty) February 23, 2021
•14 car derailment.
•18 wheeler hit train.
•Petro in tank cars burning. •Evacuations in the area.
•Could burn for hours. pic.twitter.com/TdFrHLxnmK