Sunday, May 26, 2013

Highway Bridge Collapses As Two Trains Collide

An investigation is under way after a bridge used as a highway overpass collapsed following a freight train collision in Missouri.

A Union Pacific train hit the side of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at a rail intersection near Chaffee, a town of about 3,000 people.

More than 20 rail cars carrying scrap metal, vehicles and car parts were derailed and some of them slammed into one of the bridge's support pillars, causing it to buckle and collapse.

Seven people were injured, though none seriously.