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Cargo Trains Collide, Overpass Partially Collapses
By AP
CHAFFEE, MO - A federal agency has sent investigators to southeast Missouri, where seven people were injured when two cargo trains collided on tracks under a highway overpass, causing the overpass to partially collapse.
 
Scott County Sheriff's Office Dispatcher Clay Slipis said the collision happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday near Chaffee when a Union Pacific train hit a Burlington Northern train. Slipis said several cars derailed and hit a pillar of the Highway M overpass, bringing it down. Two cars were on that stretch of road.
 
Seven people - five in the vehicles and both train conductors - were taken to a hospital. Slipis said all but one was treated and released; the seventh is in good condition.
 
The National Transportation Safety Board says it's sent a crew to investigate the cause.

Published 04:02 PM, Saturday May. 25, 2013
Updated 01:11 PM, Saturday May. 25, 2013

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