Saturday, May 25, 2013

Missouri: Two freight trains collide, 7 Injured

Two freight trains collided at a rail intersection in southeastern Missouri on Saturday, injuring seven people, igniting a fire and triggering the collapse of an overpass under which they were traveling, a county sheriff's dispatcher said.

Dispatcher Clay Slipis of the Scott County Sheriff's Office said that five people who had been traveling in cars on the overpass were injured as were two train conductors.

"One train T-boned the other one and caused it to derail, and the derailed train hit a pillar which caused the overpass to collapse," Slipis said of the crash, which took place before dawn near the town of Chaffee, about 15 miles southwest of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.