Impact: Two trains collide in Oklahoma image

  • An eastbound train carrying vehicles and a westbound train crashed about 10:08 a.m.

Two freight trains collided Sunday near the Oklahoma Panhandle town of Goodwell, sparking a diesel fire and forcing the closure of a stretch of highway.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Betsy Randolph says at least three people are missing, but she isn’t sure how many people in all were on the trains or whether there were injuries or fatalities.

Union Pacific Railroad spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza says the collision sparked a diesel fuel blaze that firefighters were working to extinguish. He said there were chemicals on at least one train, but the flames weren’t burning near them.

No evacuations have been ordered at this time, but Texas County Emergency Management Director Harold Tyson says there are concerns about the heavy smoke and deputies are standing by to help residents evacuate if they need to.

“It’s still burning. I’m afraid we’re going to be here for a while,” Tyson said.