Police officers examine the scene of an accident in Fresno, Calif., on Monday, August 19, 2013. KGPE-TV
FRESNO, Calif. Authorities say four people are dead and one other injured after their vehicle drove into the path of a freight train in Fresno.
California Highway Patrol officer Scott Jobinger says a car carrying five people drove onto the tracks and was broadsided by the train early Monday.
Jobinger said the Union Pacific train was traveling at about 40 miles an hour and was sounding its horns and had its headlights on around 1:45 a.m.
The dead victims include two 20-year-olds, a 21-year old and an 18-year-old. Their names have not been released.
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LAWTELL, La. — About 100 homes remained evacuated Monday as officials worked to clean up the site of a 26-car train derailment near the small community of Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.
State police said crews were working to clear U.S. Highway 190 which was blocked by the accident. The Union Pacific train went off the tracks Sunday around 3:30 p.m.
“There were no thunderstorms in Lawtell, La. at the time of the derailment,” said weather.com senior meteorologist Jon Erdman, adding highs were in the mid-90s at the time of the wreck. “However, slow-moving thunderstorms did spread north of I-10 toward the area about one hour later.”
Company spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said one of the railcars was leaking sodium hydroxide, which can cause injuries or even death if it is inhaled or touches the skin. The other was leaking lube oil. But state police said the leaks were contained.
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(Reuters) – Two freight trains collided at a rail intersection in rural 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.
Two freight trains that collided at a rail intersection, collapsing an overpass in Missouri May 25, 2013, are pictured in this photo courtesy of KFVS12. Mike Mohundro of KFVS12-Handout via Reuters
None of the seven people hurt in the fiery crash – two train workers and five people who had been in two cars on the overpass – suffered life-threatening injuries, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said in a statement.