3 people missing after trains collide in Oklahoma

  • Sun Jun 24th, 2012 1:58pm
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Associated Press

GOODWELL, Okla. — Three Union Pacific Railroad crewmembers are missing after two freight trains collided in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Union Pacific spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza says an eastbound train and a westbound train crashed about 10:08 a.m. Sunday near Goodwell, which is near the Texas border. Espinoza says a two-person crew was aboard each train, and officials are unable to account for two engineers and a conductor.

She says the other conductor appears to be uninjured.

Espinoza says two locomotives on the westbound train and a locomotive on the eastbound train caught fire after the collision. One train was carrying a resin solution, but Espinoza says that load wasn’t on fire and is being doused with water as a precaution.

Texas County Emergency Management Director Harold Tyson says firefighters are battling the blaze.