3 Missing After Trains Collide in Oklahoma
Union Pacific Railroad collision sparks fire in remote area
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 24, 2012 4:15 PM CDT
Two freight trains collided in Oklahoma today.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Three Union Pacific Railroad crewmembers were missing after two freight trains collided today in Oklahoma. An eastbound train carrying vehicles and a westbound train crashed about 10:08 a.m. near Goodwell in western Oklahoma, Union Pacific regional spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said. A two-person crew was aboard each train, and officials were unable to account for two engineers and a conductor, Espinoza said.

The other conductor appeared to be uninjured, and officials were interviewing him about what happened, she said. The westbound train had three locomotives and 80 railcars that were carrying motor vehicles. Two of that train's locomotives and a locomotive from the eastbound train caught fire after the collision. Firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze, which was burning in a sparsely populated area of the county. "It's still burning," said a fire official. "I'm afraid we're going to be here for a while."

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