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Texas train collision kills 1

CLARENDON, Texas (CNN) -- One person was killed when two freight trains collided Tuesday about three miles west of Clarendon, Texas, a spokeswoman at the Donley County Sheriff's Department said.

On the scene near Clarendon, Texas, where two freight trains collided head-on killing one person and injuring several others, authorities said (May 28)

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Three others were taken to hospitals, accounting for all four people who had been aboard the trains, said Susan McKee.

McKee said the department got its first call about the crash just before 9 a.m. Emergency personnel from surrounding counties responded alongside local officials, she said.

A fire erupted when the trains hit. McKee said the blaze was large "for this community" of 2,000 people -- the Texas Panhandle's oldest town -- about 60 miles southeast of Amarillo.

McKee said officials had no information about how the collision occurred. She could not confirm reports that either train had been carrying hazardous materials, but told CNN that no haz-mat crews had been called to the scene.




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