Train wreck in Oklaunion sends emergency crews scrambling

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The Wichita Falls Fire Department and crews from Sheppard Air Force Base were among emergency agencies sent to the scene of a train derailment Saturday morning near Oklaunion.

Preliminary reports indicated the accident is being treated as a hazmat situation and several pictures posted on social media show some train cars on fire.

Multiple agencies responded to a report of a train on fire Saturday near Oklaunion.
Multiple agencies responded to a report of a train on fire Saturday near Oklaunion.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dan Buesing said several train cars of a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train containing denatured alcohol derailed and three or four were on fire. Traffic on U.S. 287 has been redirected.

Buesing said no evacuations are planned at this time. He said the derailment is at the overpass of U.S. 287 west of Oklaunion. Responding agencies include Vernon Fire Department, Wichita Falls Fire Department, Sheppard Air Force Base Fire Department, Wilbarger County Sheriff's Office, and Wilbarger Office of Emergency Management. There was no immediate word on injuries.

Denatured alcohol is commonly used as a solvent or in alcohol burning camp stoves.

This article originally appeared on Wichita Falls Times Record News: Train wreck in Oklaunion sends emergency crews scrambling

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