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DALLAS. TX — A tanker truck carrying more than 8,000 gallons of fuel exploded after it was hit by a Union Pacific freight train early Thursday morning , August 23, in Wills Point Texas. The city of Wills Point is located about 47 miles east of Dallas Texas.

Rail cars are ablaze in an inferno of fire after a tanker truck crashed with a Union Pacific freight train in Wills Point, TX on August 23, 2012. The big rig got stuck on the tracks when the trucker tried to get around a stopped train on a road that was not intended for heavy tractor trailers.

According to the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, the truck accident occurred at state Highway 80 at about 1:15 a.m., when the fuel tanker truck was trying to cross the railroad tracks, got stuck and was hit by an oncoming train.

Map showing location of a fiery tanker truck crash with a Union Pacific freight train in Wills Point, TX about a half mile east of FM 47 on August 23, 2012.

The tanker truck driver, two men on the train, a conductor and an engineer were reported to have escaped without injuries.

Fire departments from across Van Zandt County and Kaufman County were on the scene.

The media reported that some fuel leaked toward surrounding homes, but crews said those home were not in danger of catching on fire. The smoke, however, was a concern and crews were working to evacuate about 50 homes in the area.

The incident remains under investigation at tis time.


Published by Dallas truck accident lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP

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