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Alcohol tank cars burn after BNSF derailment

By | January 10, 2022

No injuries result from incident near Wichita Falls, Texas

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Burning tank cars
Burning tank cars
Twenty-nine cars of a BNSF train caught fire after a Saturday derailment in Texas. (Wichita West Volunteer Fire Department, via Twitter)

OKLAUNION, Texas — Twenty-nine cars of a BNSF Railway train caught fire following a derailment Saturday, closing a highway for several hours.

KAUZ-TV reports Wichita Falls and Vernon fire departments, as well as firefighters from Sheppard Air Force Base, responded to the fire involving a train with 98 cars of denatured alcohol. No injuries to the crew were reported. The Texas Department of Public Safety initially closed portions of U.S. Route 287 and an overpass for Farm-to-Market Road 433, with Highway 287 reopened by midafternoon.

The Wichita West Volunteer Fire Department, which also responded, reported Sunday morning that its crews had cleared the scene as BNSF elected to let the remaining cars burn out. One abandoned home was fully involved in flames as a result of the derailment, Wichita West reported.

Oklaunion, an unincorporated community in Wilbarger County, is about 40 miles northwest of Wichita Falls.

Burning tank cars near highway
No injuries were reported in Saturday’s fire, which closed U.S. Route 287 for several hours. (Wichita West Fire Department, via Twitter)





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