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Clean-up continues on train wreck, derailment

Clean-up continues on train wreck, derailment

August 17th, 2017 in Local News

Crews worked Tuesday night and through the morning Wednesday to clear derailed cars and upright locomotives after two Union Pacific freight trains crashed Tuesday afternoon in Mid-Missouri.

As of Wednesday afternoon, UP officials said track repairs also had to be done in the area. If all went well, they hoped the tracks would re-open late Wednesday night.

The cause is still under investigation.

Authorities said the trains derailed after one train hit the other from behind in Morrison, near the Gasconade/Osage county line.

The conductor of one of the trains was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Nine rail cars and two locomotives derailed. The trains were carrying a variety of cargo, and there was no concern about hazardous materials leaking.

Amtrak passenger rail service bused passengers around the derailment to get them to their destinations.