Union Pacific trains collide in central Missouri

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MORRISON, Mo. — Union Pacific officials are looking into what caused an eastbound UP freight train to rear end another freight train near Morrison in central Missouri on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

According to railroad representative cited in the AP story, one conductor was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries as a result of the incident. No other injuries were reported.

At least two locomotive and nine freight cars derailed in the rear-end collision. Both trains were carrying a mix of cargo, but no hazardous materials were involved.

In addition to slowing down freight operations between St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo., the derailment was also affecting Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner. Buses provided alternative transportation to passengers affected by Tuesday’s track closure.

It was unclear if those delays would affect Wednesday’s passenger trains.

UP and officials from the Federal Railroad Administration are investigating the derailment.

The derailment occurred on the railroad's ex-Missouri Pacific rail line connecting Jefferson City and St. Louis.

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