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Fuel tanker hit by freight train in fiery Texas crash

A fuel tanker truck was trying to cross railroad tracks, when it got stuck, and was hit by an oncoming train near Dallas, Texas. As TODAY"s Natalie Morales reports, no injuries or deaths have been reported.

DALLAS -- A road tanker carrying more than 8,000 gallons of fuel was hit by a freight train in Wills Point, near Dallas, Texas, early Thursday, causing an explosion.

The tanker was struck by a Union Pacific freight train at state Highway 80 at about 1:15 a.m. local time (2:15 a.m. ET), according to the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office.


The sheriff said a train was stopped on the tracks, blocking most of the intersections in town, so the driver of the tanker took a side road to get around it. But the route wasn't designed to handle 18-wheelers and the tanker ended up getting caught on the tracks.

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Just as the tanker got stuck, a Union Pacific train slammed right into it, pushing it along the tracks. Flames erupted soon after the collision.

The tanker driver, two men on the train, a conductor and an engineer escaped without injuries.

Some fuel leaked toward nearby homes, but crews said those home are not in danger of catching on fire. The smoke, however, is a concern and crews are working to evacuate about 50 homes in the area.

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

A train hauling coal flips over and falls from a bridge outside of Baltimore, killing two people on the tracks. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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