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4 Hurt in Nebraska Collision

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  • 4 Hurt in Nebraska Collision

    Three Union Pacific freight trains collided Wednesday, injuring four crew members and igniting a fire that shut down a Nebraska highway.

    The fire may have been caused by diesel fuel from the train engines, railroad spokesman Mark Davis said. The fire was doused two hours after the 4:30 a.m. accident, and no hazardous material was involved.

    Four of the six crew members suffered minor injuries, Davis said.

    Union Pacific runs about 130 trains each day on the stretch of track a few miles east of North Platte, in southwestern Nebraska.

    According to Davis, an empty westbound coal train was rear-ended by another empty coal train. An eastbound train carrying auto parts on a nearby track somehow got entangled in the wreckage, possibly by running into a derailed car.

    The trains each had two locomotives; of the 265 cars, 29 were destroyed. Some of the cars piled up on top of each other, and one lay across part of two-lane U.S. Highway 30, which was closed. The highway was reopened Wednesday evening.

    Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board were on the way to the scene.

  • #2
    This sounds like it was a heck of mess. Hope those hurt crew members get back on duty soon.


    • #3
      Was talking to a UP employee a day or so after it happened. He had heard that the "rear-ender" had gone through an absolute red. UP has a 3-track mainline there, blocked all three plus there was a car partly across US 30 which runs along side it.

      Coloring outside the lines is more fun than inside them
      Which box am I susposed to think outside of?