CHAFFEE, Mo. (AP) - Federal investigators say a Union Pacific freight train involved in a collision with another freight train had a signal to stop at the rail intersection where the crash occurred in southeast Missouri.
The May 25 accident occurred when the UP train hit the side of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at the rail intersection near Chaffee. The accident derailed about two dozen rail cars, destroyed columns supporting a highway overpass and injured seven people, though none seriously.
The National Transportation Safety Board says in its preliminary report released Friday that signal data show the UP train had a signal indication to stop at the intersection, and the BNSF train had a signal to proceed through the intersection.
The report also says the damage is estimated at $11 million.