26 May 2013

Railway collision in Missouri

2:59 pm on 26 May 2013

Two goods trains have collided in Missouri, USA, bringing down a bridge over a highway and leaving seven people injured.

The collision occurred about 190km southeast of St Louis at 2.30am (local time) on Saturday.

The BBC reports two cars were on the bridge when it collapsed. Five passengers were taken to hospital.

Two people in one of the trains were also injured.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter told KMOV, a TV station in St Louis, that a Union Pacific train had just gone through an intersection when it hit a Burlington Northern train. Several carriages derailed.

It was the second serious train crash in the United States in less than two weeks. Two commuter trains collided on 17 May in Connecticut after one of them derailed. More than 70 passengers were injured.