Two trains collided near Rockview, Missouri Saturday. Seven people were transported to the hospital.
The incident happened around 2:30 this morning at county road 210, and Highway M in the small community. A Union Pacific train “T” boned a Burlington Northern train that had just cleared the intersection.
The violent collision caused one of the trains to derail, hitting a pillar under the Highway M overpass. The overpass collapsed onto the train.
There were two vehicles on the overpass at the time. Three passengers in one, and two in the other were transported to a local hospital. There injuries were mostly leg and arm fractures.
An engineer on one of the trains suffered cuts and bruises. The remaining injury was an employee of one of the two train companies involved, but his position was not specified.
A leak from one of the engines started a fire. It took firefighters over an hour to extinguish the blaze.
Highway M is closed in both directions. Because of the destruction of the overpass, there is no estimate as to when it might be reopened.
As soon as the fire was under control, engineers began checking the underside of the bridge, appraising the extent of the damage.
All of those who were injured are expected to be released sometime on Saturday.
The Guardian Express