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West Texas Train Wreckage Continues To Smolder, 3 Missing

The wreckage from a train collision continues to smolder as work crews prepare to remove a jumble of charred, twisted box cars strewn along tracks in the Texas Panhandle.

The wreckage from a train collision continues to smolder as work crews prepare to remove a jumble of charred, twisted box cars strewn along tracks in the Texas Panhandle.

Three BNSF Railway crew members remain missing Wednesday, a day after two BNSF freight trains traveling on the same track collided head-on about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo.

A fourth crew member jumped from one of the trains prior to the collision Tuesday morning and was hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Authorities have said the trains’ diesel fuel fed the flames for hours and KFDA-TV in Amarillo reports hot spots continued to flare Wednesday.

Trains on the track outside the town of Panhandle can travel as fast as 70 mph, but a BNSF spokesman said Tuesday it wasn’t clear how fast the trains involved in the wreck were traveling.

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