Sat May 25, 2013
Missouri Train Collision Injures 7, Collapses Overpass
Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 10:04 am
Two freight trains collided in Scott County, Mo., early Saturday morning, leaving seven injured and collapsing an overpass.
"Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says a Union Pacific train t-boned a Burlington Northern train that had just made it through an intersection.
"The collision caused one of the trains to derail and hit a pillar under the overpass causing it to collapse. At least a dozen train cars derailed.
"Walter says two vehicles were on the overpass when it collapsed. Three people in one vehicle and two people in another vehicle were taken to a nearby hospital with arm and ankle fractures."
Reuters reports the train engines caught fire after a disel fuel leak, but firefighters were able to extinguish it.
"The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a team to investigate the collision and bridge collapse," CNN reports.
Of course, this news comes just days after a bridge collapsed in Washington state, plunging two vehicles into a river and injuring three people.