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Freight train crash in Missouri triggers highway overpass collapse
guardian.co.uk ^ | Saturday 25 May 2013 15.03 EDT

Posted on 05/25/2013 3:14:26 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin


The National Transportation Safety Board said it had dispatched a team to investigate the train crash.

Two freight trains collided at a rail intersection in rural southeastern Missouri on Saturday, triggering the collapse of a highway overpass when at least a dozen rail cars derailed and struck a support pillar, authorities said.

None of the seven people hurt in the fiery crash – two train workers and five people who had been in the two cars on the overpass – suffered life-threatening injuries, Scott County sheriff Rick Walter said in a statement.

"One train T-boned the other one and caused it to derail, and the derailed train hit a pillar which caused the overpass to collapse," Sheriff's dispatcher Clay Slipis said of the pre-dawn crash near Chaffee, about 15 miles southwest of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The collision of the BNSF Railway Co and Union Pacific trains also sparked a fire when diesel fuel leaked from one of the train engines, Slipis said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it had dispatched a team to investigate the train crash.

Union Pacific said its train had been primarily carrying auto parts from Illinois to Texas when it struck the side of another train, and that a Union Pacific engineer and conductor were lightly injured, according to spokeswoman Calli Hite.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: oops; railroad; railroads; railways; train; unionpacific

1 posted on 05/25/2013 3:14:26 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Republican budget cuts did this, too - I’m sure of it. /s


2 posted on 05/25/2013 3:15:56 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Bush’s fault.


3 posted on 05/25/2013 3:17:06 PM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

It’s Sequester’s fault!


4 posted on 05/25/2013 3:18:45 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Not only that but why do I get better reporting on what is happening here from foreign news than from US news?

Never mind/s


5 posted on 05/25/2013 3:19:34 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: DeaconBenjamin
The National Transportation Safety Board said it had dispatched a team to investigate the train crash.

That'll be very helpful, I'm sure.

Probably Obama can use this to delay rebuilding the bridge for years and years, using the best green technology and rewarding one of his donors with the contract.

6 posted on 05/25/2013 3:19:35 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
.....Safety Board said it had dispatched a team to investigate the train crash... ..

..and raise cash to implement Obamabcare

7 posted on 05/25/2013 3:24:45 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Good grief!!!;

The Muslims don’t even have to blow our infrastructure up in order to shut down our civilization;

It’s disintegrating all on it’s own - with a little help from corrupt politicians and inept Americans!


8 posted on 05/25/2013 3:27:31 PM PDT by George Varnum (Liberty, like our Forefather's Flintlock Musket, must be kept clean, oiled, and READY!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

How do you T-bone a train???
I can see one not cleared the switch...


9 posted on 05/25/2013 3:29:33 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Alkaid


10 posted on 05/25/2013 3:32:43 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: George Varnum

We can no longer rely on concrete columns to support any type of roadway. It’s just too reminiscent of plantation house porticos.

Instead we’ll use sky hooks attached to clouds with Dem pixie dust.


12 posted on 05/25/2013 3:50:46 PM PDT by FirstFlaBn
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To: tet68
How do you T-bone a train???

There's a diamond (tracks crossing and not merging)there. The diamond is directly under the highway overpass. Apparently the BNSF train was crossing the diamond and the locomotives and most of the cars had crossed. This should have put a restricted signal on the UP track for the west bound UP train that should not have cleared up until the BNSF train was clear of the diamond interlocking.

Here's the spot (assuming it loads). UP is the E-W track and BNSF is the N-S track. You can see the signal towers if you zoom in, and the report at another source said the BNSF train was hit about 8 cars behind the locomotives meaning it had already entered the interlocking and that should have tossed a 'red' on the UP signals. What really happened is not known at this time, but either there was a signal failure or the UP train blew through a red light...

13 posted on 05/25/2013 4:03:24 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

First the bridge collapse in Burlington, WA by the over-sized tractor trailer. Now we have a second with a couple of trains taking out the bridge.

Trouble runs in threes so I am waiting for the third!


14 posted on 05/25/2013 4:14:58 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Reminds me of Atlas Shrugs


15 posted on 05/25/2013 4:22:34 PM PDT by ghannonf18
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To: tet68

It’s called a diamond interlocking. Two railroads cross each other at right angles. They’re not common in the part of the country where I live, but I’ve seen them out in the Midwest.


16 posted on 05/25/2013 4:30:26 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: NoCmpromiz; tet68

Oops — you beat me to it, NoCmpromiz!


17 posted on 05/25/2013 4:31:10 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Did they miss the ‘Caution: Beware of road hazards’ warning sign?


18 posted on 05/25/2013 4:37:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NoCmpromiz

Thanks, never saw that before.


19 posted on 05/25/2013 5:17:45 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Hey, wait a minute! Wasn’t Obama’s Stimulus supposed to fix aging roads and bridges? What happened to “shovel-ready” jobs? Eh? Oh yeah, it all went to the public employee unions...


20 posted on 05/25/2013 5:21:31 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Alberta's Child; tet68
diamond interlocking...cross each other at right angles.

It's a 'diamond' no matter what, but the rails are not always at right angles, and in some instances there are more than two railroads intersecting so the interlocking configuration can get, um, interesting...

Revisiting my previous comment, diamonds are controlled (typically) by the primary (first) railroad at the location. Thus if UP or its predecessor was the first track at this location and then BNSF or its predecessor arrived and created the crossing, UP would have the dispatching rights (and v.v.) Typically the 'owner' of the diamond tends to favor their own traffic over the traffic of the later arrival. What I don't know is which road controls this interlocking, but it would be a safe bet that whoever does would have given the approach (green) to its own train and the restricted (red) to the other train.

Speculating further, suppose that it was the UP that had the approach and the BNSF train blew through the restricted.. Normally if this occurred, the track circuit would have noticed the intrusion and dropped the 'red' onto all quadrants of the interlocking (again assuming a functioning signal system.) Also, most rules require the engineer to 'call' the signal when they pass (usually on the radio - that's how us railfans find out where the train is- you'll hear something like "OIBU milepost N657, approach medium..*" ;-) - so it can be assumed that in the logs of either train would be some indication from the engineer of both trains 'noting' the aspect of the control signal as they approached the diamond.

But again, no matter which train had originally been given the approach, once the BNSF train entered the interlocking, the opposing signal on the UP should have dropped to restricted immediately. Either way, if there was not a signal failure, one of the trains blew through a red...

*Fictitious train symbol at fictitious milemarker... Any resemblance to any real rail symbol and location is purely coincidental... ;-)

21 posted on 05/25/2013 5:22:06 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: NoCmpromiz

This is what I love about FreeRepublic. I can always find someone who knows a heck of a lot about almost anything!


22 posted on 05/25/2013 8:22:52 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: NoCmpromiz

Your fictional train symbol cracked me up. I can think of a good route to run from Oak Island to Buffalo. ;)


23 posted on 05/25/2013 8:30:23 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala
Your fictional train symbol cracked me up.

It just seemed like a good collection of random letters that collect in blue dust in places like Nobody's, Gulf Summit, and the shadows of an old stone viaduct. I heard a rumor that a portion of that fictional route is now carrying a train with the fictional symbol "SU99", or maybe it was "SU100" but then that would be emulating a fictional train symbol BUOI, I think... I also heard that this fictional train occasionally looks like this:

 photo P5112179_zpsd95a0f0b.jpg

But that's probably just hearsay, you know how those foamers are...

Have been informed that this fictional photo of a fictional train with a fictional symbol of "SU99" was not in fact taken upon the fictional route of the fictional OIBU but was taken at a fictional location named "Zink" in a state with a fictional conservative as governor... But then you probably knew that.

24 posted on 05/25/2013 9:45:52 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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