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Trains collide in Texas, causing fire and leaving 1 hospitalized

Train crash Texas
Source: Mason Maas

Two trains collided outside of Amarillo, Texas on Tuesday morning, causing a large fire and leaving at least one person hospitalized, according to a BNSF Railway official. The wreck happened near Panhandle, about 30 miles east of Amarillo.

Investigative crews for BNSF are on the scene but there is no information on the train load or materials being carried, Joe Faust, a spokesman for BNSF, said in a statement. Both trains are BNSF trains, he said.

Four railroad employees were involved in the crash, and one is being treated at a local hospital, Faust added.

"Rescue efforts are underway at the scene with respect to the three other railroad employees involved in the incident," Faust said. "BNSF will provide additional details as they become available."

The rescue and fire-fighting effort is depleting the city's water supply, NBC affiliate KAMR Local 4 News reported. Panhandle officials are asking residents to restrict water use and to evacuate the eastern side of the city.

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