U.P. trains collide near Grand Junction, Iowa

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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:00 am

GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa — Two Union Pacific Railroad trains on separate tracks moving in opposite directions struck each other in central Iowa on Thursday morning, causing cars on both trains to derail and spill coal, the company said.

Company spokesman Mark Davis said an eastbound coal train on its way from Wyoming to Crescent, Ill., and a westbound cargo train going from Chicago to Oakland, Calif., collided at 6:20 a.m. Thursday. The impact derailed 13 of the 135 cars on the coal train and 22 of the 106 cars of the intermodal cargo train, which carries ocean-going containers on flatbed cars.

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