CAMERON, Texas (KETK/KWKT) – A train hit an 18-wheeler at a crossing near Cameron in Milam County Tuesday morning, triggering a fire and possible derailment.
The accident occurred at the crossing on FM 2095 about 6:45 a.m. Cameron is located between Temple and College Station. Fire units from Cameron and Milano were called to the scene.
Flames and smoke were visible for a considerable distance. FM 2095 was closed in the area.
According to authorities, the driver of the 18-wheeler approached a set of railroad tracks not realizing the crossing arms were down. The vehicle was then hit by a train.
Some nearby residents were evacuated from their homes over concerns about fire and the possibility of hazardous materials. One person got a cell phone video of the explosion.
Milam County Sheriff Chris White said that the part of the train that was hit was carrying coal, gasoline and other nontoxic materials.
“The biggest threat was the phosphoric acid solution but that was one car behind the fire and so it was not perforated or an issue, and we do thank God for that,” White said.
At least one nearby barn burned down and several homes had minor damage.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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