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Massive Train Collision in Missouri Collapses Highway Overpass -- 5 Incredible Photos


Seven reported injuries...



A massive train collision in Missouri injured seven people and took down a highway overpass on early Friday morning, KFVS-TV reports.

At around 2: 30 a.m., a Union Pacific train T-boned a Burlington Northern train that had just passed through the intersection, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said. The crash caused one of the trains to go off the tracks and struck a pillar under the overpass, causing it to collapse. Around 12 Union Pacific train cars derailed.

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Trooper Clark Parrott with Mo. Highway Patrol says two vehicles were not on bridge when it collapsed. They came up to the bridge after it went down.

Three people in one vehicle and two people in another vehicle were taken to a nearby hospital.

One of the drivers, Christopher M. Cantrell, 22, of Benton received minor injuries. Two 19-year-old passengers, Victoria L. Cantrell and Sarah R. Ishmael, both of Chaffee, received moderate injuries.

The other driver, Larry J. Moore, 30, and a passenger, Angela R. Donley, 38, both of Chaffee, received minor injuries.

According to Union Pacific spokesperson Calli Hite, the train was hauling vehicles and auto parts from Salem, Illinois to Arlington, Texas. Two people from the Union Pacific train were pulled out of the wreckage and taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital. Hite says the injured people were the train's conductor and locomotive engineer.

Six of the victims injured were treated and released from the hospital on Friday, according to a press release from St. Francis Medical Center. One victim remains in the hospital but is listed in good condition.

The accident had the Missouri highway closed in all directions.





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