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Four Workers Injured in Three-Train Collision in Texas

September 25, 2013

Four railroad workers were injured on Wednesday when three freight trains collided near Amarillo, Texas.

The collision occurred when one train heading east stopped on the tracks, causing another eastbound train to collide into the rear of the first train. The collision caused debris and cargo to spill onto the westbound tracks, resulting in the partial derailment of a westbound train.

At least one engine overturned in the crash, which occurred about eight miles east of Amarillo, according to railroad officials.

The three trains all belong to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

Two railroad workers were treated and released from a local hospital, and two others, who were airlifted to an area hospital with critical injuries, have not yet been released.

None of the trains were carrying hazardous cargo, according to a spokesperson for the railroad.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

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