Two freight trains collide in Amarillo; engulf in flames

Two freight trains collided head-on, causing them to derail and engulf in flames Tuesday morning near Amarillo.

According to multiple sources, several agencies and the Federal Railroad Administration are working the derailment that occurred in the Texas Panhandle; one of the trains is said to be a BNSF railroad freight train.

After several box cars derailed and were engulfed in flames, residents were ordered to evacuate the nearby and surrounding areas. Officials were concerned the flames would cause a spread of a rapid moving grass fire. According to meteorologist Chris Dolce with, the area is not currently considered to be in drought.

Each train was carrying two crew members and one man jumped out before the trains collided and is being treated at a hospital, the extent of his injuries are unknown, said BNSF Railway spokesman Joe Faust.

Dan Buesing with the Texas Department of Pubic Safety said one person was transported to  Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo and three people are unaccounted for and are feared to still be trapped in the train.

It is not clear the speed of the trains were traveling when they collided, nor if the trains were on the same track. More information will be posted as it becomes available.