VIDEO: Train vs Semi Collison Leads to Massive Fireball, But No Injuries Reported in Milam County
A train hit an 18- wheeler carrying gasoline outside of Cameron leading to a massive fireball, but so far there have been no reports of any deaths or injuries.
The collision happened early on Tuesday morning about six miles outside Cameron on FM 2095. Evacuations were ordered from the intensity of the flames and extreme heat.
According to the report from our news partners at KWTX, Cameron police Chief Lonnie Gosch said three of the tankers were loaded with petroleum and will be left to burn out. Meanwhile, KHOU-TV reports that fire crews from Dallas and Houston were expected to head to the scene to help out.
The train was also carrying what authorities described as "hazardous materials", but thankfully those were not affected by the collision. Hazmat teams from College Station and Temple were also called to the scene. In all about a dozen cars derailed.
Miraculously only two sheds nearby burned, according to Cameron Fire Chief Henry Horelica.
Milam County Sheriff Chris White tells reporters that one home has also burned down, but there were no injuries. KXXV Channel 25 reported that according to DPS, that the semi hit the train. DPS also said that southbound lights and rails were down and activated.
Fortunately this incident resulted in no injuries or death, but as a reminder, trains don't stop the same way a car can. It takes longer, and the force of impact can be much greater from a train. It's always best to play it safe and stop for train signals and always be aware when crossing the train tracks.
Incase you're curious, according to the website Operation Lifesaver, Rail Safety Education, in 2019 there were 2,216 collisions involving a train. That lead to 807 injuries and 293 fatalities. No 2020 numbers are available yet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a motorist is almost 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision involving another motor vehicle.