Cargo trains collide, derail in SE Missouri

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train derailment near Rockview, Mo. on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the cause of a cargo train collision that partially collapsed a highway overpass in southeast Missouri, injuring seven people. (AP Photo/The Southeast Missourian, Fred Lynch)
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train derailment near Rockview, Mo. on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the cause of a cargo train collision that partially collapsed a highway overpass in southeast Missouri, injuring seven people. (AP Photo/The Southeast Missourian, Fred Lynch)

CHAFFEE, Mo. (AP) — A collision between two cargo trains in southeast Missouri has injured seven people.

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 local hospital. Slipis all but one was treated and released; the seventh is listed in good condition.

He said a diesel fire broke out after the collision, but was quickly extinguished. The highway is shut down for about 8 miles from Scott City to Chaffee.

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