Trains Derail in Gasconade County, MO

MORRISON, Mo. -- Two trains collided in the small Gasconade County town of Morrison Tuesday afternoon, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Union Pacific Railroad is investigating after one of its freight trains rear ended another in central Missouri.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say the only reported injury affected an engineer.

"The conductor did receive some injuries but they are non-life threatening, he was transproted to a local hospital," said Patrol Sgt. Scott White.

Photos of the aftermath show a train toppled on its side.  Lt. Paul Reinsch of the Highway Patrol said rail cars were off the tracks and lying on both sides of the track.

Investigators are not yet saying how many people were on either train, or what the trains carried at the time of the collision.
"There's no indication of any material of any material that leaked out or escaped from the cars," White stressed.

The crash drew a large response from the gasconade and osage county sheriff's office, modot, the department of natural resources, and u.S. Department of transportation

Although the National Transportation Safety Board did not respond to the crash, a spokesperson says the agency will see if there are any safety issues that need to be addressed.

(KRCG for CNN)
 


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