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Freight trains collide, trigger overpass collapse in Mo.

11:00 AM, May 25, 2013   |    comments
Union Pacific Railroad (UP) signage is displayed on a passing freight car in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. Locomotives from Union Pacific Railroad, the largest railroad network in the U.S., occasionally show up on competitors' tracks throughout the U.S., Canada, and most recently Mexico, due to the practice of locomotive leasing and sharing. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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(USA TODAY) -- Seven people were injured early Saturday morning in Southeastern Missouri after two freight trains collided, taking out a nearby overpass.

Scott County, Mo., sheriff Rick Walter said that a Union Pacific train t-boned a Burlington Northern train at an intersection, KFVS-TV reported. The collision caused one of the trains to derail and hit a pillar under the overpass, collapsing it.

Two vehicles were on the overpass when it collapsed, Walter said, and 5 people from those cars were taken to the hospital with arm and ankle fractures. Two train conductors were also injured, Reuters reported.

Several fire departments responded to the crash, which occurred near Chaffee, Mo., and extinguished a fire caused by the accident, KDSK-TV reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a team to investigate the incident, CNN reported.

The collision comes just two days after a span of an Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River in Washington collapsed - caused when an oversized truck hit an overhead girder - and just over a week after a commuter train derailed in Bridgeport, Conn., suspending rail service along the heavily traveled New York-Boston corridor.

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