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Four injured in three-train collision in Texas Panhandle

AMARILLO, Texas, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The collision of three trains injured four people in the Texas Panhandle early Wednesday morning, sheriff's deputies say.

Officials said power lines were knocked down but no hazardous materials were released when the accident occurred near the intersection of two roads east of Amarillo, the Amarillo Globe-News reported.

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An eastbound train was stopped on the tracks when it was hit from behind by another train traveling in the same direction, said Joe Faust, a spokesman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.

The collision caused about 20 to 30 cars on the trains to derail, and those cars were hit by a westbound train a short time later.

Four people were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Chris Ray. He did not indicate how they were injured.

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