Seven People Injured
TWO RAILROAD TRAINS COLLIDED at a T-junction at 2:30 am Saturday morning causing two dozen railcars to derail. Some of the errant cars took out a support column for a highway bridge that goes over the tracks and most of the bridge came down on top of the mess. The crash took place in Scott County, Missouri, in the southeast corner of the state.
Officials said that a Union Pacific train approached the junction that was still occupied by a passing Burlington Northern train that hadn't yet cleared the switch.
Eleven cars of the UP train went off the rails along with 13 of the BNSF cars. It isn't yet known whose cars took out the highway bridge.
Spilled diesel from the locomotives started burning and damaged some of the units before the FD had it knocked down with foam streams.
KMOV-TV has some fire footage in this video report from the scene:
There were no cars on the bridge when it came down, but two autos came on it immediately after and didn't see the damage until too late to stop and they dropped down into the mess. Five of the passengers in the cars were injured from the drop and had to be taken to the hospital. The two UP operators, engineer and conductor, in the UP locomotive were also injured. None of the seven were severe enough to require admission.
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.
Christopher Cantrell says he didn't see that the bridge had collapsed until it was too late. His car went airborne and crashed. His wife, Victoria, has a broken leg and broken ankle.
Family says Vickie Cantrell and Sarah Ishmael were supposed to be bridesmaids in a wedding today, but due to injuries, they won't be in the wedding . They were in listed in good condition Saturday afternoon.
The other driver, Larry J. Moore, 30, and a passenger, Angela R. Donley, 38, both of Chaffee, received minor injuries.
All seven patients were released from the hospital by Saturday afternoon.
KFVS-TV also filed this video report:
Hat tip: Charlie Bargman
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