2 dead in train, tanker collision near Medford

By Johnny Johnson Modified: August 29, 2008 at 12:02 pm •  Published: August 29, 2008

MEDFORD — Two people are confirmed dead and a third seriously injured after a fiery collision between a train and a tanker truck south of Medford, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

A volunteer fire department dispatcher said that the train struck a propane tanker south of the city, and teams from around the area were busy working the scene.

Lt. George Brown with the highway patrol said he was notified of the accident about 10 a.m., and that both the train and the truck caught fire after the collision ignited what Brown described as either propane, or a propane-like gas.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and a third was evacuated by helicopter for emergency medical care.

Hazmat teams are on the scene and more are on the way, Brown said,

Brown said power lines are down in the area but officials have not called for an evacuation as the gas appears to have dissipated into the air and poses no further threat.

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