Trains collide, derail near Kosse

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Two Union Pacific trains collided Sunday night just south of Kosse, derailing one locomotive and 14 freight cars.

Two employees were injured in the accident, which happened about 9:45 p.m. between a mile to a mile and a half south of the town, according to Union Pacific representative Elizabeth Hutchison. Local emergency first responders went to the accident scene, but it was not known how serious the injuries were, only that both victims were receiving medical treatment.

Both trains were southbound, but one train was stopped on the tracks when the second train hit it from behind. The trains were pulling other cars that did not derail. One of the trains was carrying iron ore, and the other was carrying containers of various commodities.

The accident is under investigation by various agencies, including the Federal Railroad Administration and Union Pacific itself, Hutchison said. The railroad made all notifications required by law, she said.

Railroad employees were still working early Monday afternoon to clear and repair the tracks.
“We’re working to return the track into service now so we can start moving trains on the line again,” Hutchison said. She did not estimate when that might be.

Roxanne McKnight | Robertson County News

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