Train, 18-wheeler collide in Central Texas, causing explosion and large fire

Crash happened on FM 2095 in city of Cameron

A tractor-trailer and a freight train collided Tuesday morning in central Texas, causing a large explosion and fire, authorities said.

An 18-wheeler and a train collided on Tuesday morning in Milam County, resulting in a large fire, an explosion and a thick plume of smoke that could be seen miles away.

The crash happened just before 7 a.m. near Farm to Market Road 2095 in the city of Cameron, according to media reports. Cameron is located southeast of Temple.

Milam County Judge Steve Young told TV station KBTX that the truck hit the train, causing 14 train cars to derail.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but homes surrounding the explosion were evacuated as a precaution.

Milam County Sheriff Chris White said the train was carrying coal and gasoline, which caused the large fire. He said the back of the train contained hazardous material but it did not spill.

“There’s no more threat at this point,” White said.

Images and videos shared by media members and on social media show thick, dark plumes of smoke coming from the wreckage.

The details surrounding the incident are unknown at this time.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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