A train derailed on the Texas Central Railway’s southbound line near Amarillo, Texas, on Sunday, killing three people and injuring dozens more, officials said.
The derailment happened about 5 p.m. local time on the line between the town of Amarillo and a nearby community.
The train derailed near the tracks of the South Texas-Austin-El Paso Line in an area where it is prohibited to travel.
The derailed train was a light gauge model.
“All the tracks were completely intact.
It is an extremely rare occurrence in our rail network,” TxDOT said in a statement.
“It is the first time in our history that a runaway train has caused this type of loss of life.
The investigation is continuing.”
According to the Texas Railroad Commission, trains carrying passengers were carrying more than 4,000 people at the time of the accident.
A witness told The Associated Press that he heard a “pop, pop, pop.”
The witness said the train stopped briefly and then came to a rest in a ditch.
“A little boy came running down the tracks, screaming for help.
The driver looked at him and he was screaming, ‘Help me!
And I said, ‘I’m not going to get help,'” he said.
He said the man who was riding on the train ran over the boy and then began kicking him.
The witness told the AP that he grabbed a man’s hand and tried to stop him.
He later told investigators he saw the man run away but was too late.
“I was like, ‘No, I’m not doing that, man,’ and I started running and ran and ran,” the witness told AP.
“And when I got there, the train was on fire, and the engine was on the ground.”
TxGPD officials told the Associated Press the investigation is ongoing.
The TxFTA said it had closed the train’s south-bound tracks from the line to the airport, and that the agency has sent a crew to the scene.
Officials told The AP that there were no injuries to passengers on the runaway train.
The agency’s website has not updated about the derailment in more than two months.
“The Texas Central Railroad is committed to maintaining safety for our passengers and employees,” the agency said in its statement.
The Associated Post contributed to this report.