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Three crew members were killed and one injured after two BNSF trains collided head-on near Panhandle, Texas, on June 28, 2016.

Killed were Cody R. Owens, 52, and Lara G. Taylor, 44, both members of BLET Division 299 in Amarillo, Texas, along with K.P. Smith Jr., a member of SMART-TD Local 1313.

A large fireball engulfed the train and portions of the town of Panhandle, Texas, were evacuated.

Brother Owens had been a BLET member since December 1, 2005 and Sister Taylor since March 1, 2010.