Missouri Highway Collapses after Rail Cars Hit Overpass

Posted at: 05/26/2013 11:45 AM


CHAFFEE, Mo. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of a train collision in Missouri that brought down part of a highway overpass.

The accident occurred early Saturday when a Union Pacific train struck the side of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at a rail intersection southwest of Cape Girardeau. Derailed rail cars then struck columns supporting the Highway M overpass, causing it to buckle and partially collapse.

The Scott County sheriff says the overpass was about 15 years old and in good condition but just couldn't withstand the impact.

Two cars were on the overpass at the time. Five people in those cars were taken to a hospital, as were two members of the train crews. All have been released.

NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt notes that the Missouri bridge was rated "good" after its last inspection in February. He adds "there is no similarity" between the Missouri accident and last week's bridge collapse in Washington, which sent two vehicles and three people falling into the chilly water. He

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