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Cargo trains collide, derail in Missouri

CHAFFEE, Mo. (AP) -- A collision between two cargo trains in southeast Missouri has injured seven people.

Scott County Sheriff's Office Dispatcher Clay Slipis said the collision happened early Saturday morning near Chaffee when a Union Pacific train hit a Burlington Northern train.

Slipis said several cars derailed and hit a pillar of the Highway M overpass, bringing it down. Two cars were on that stretch of road.

Seven people — five in the vehicles and both train conductors — were taken to a local hospital. Slipis said all but one was treated and released; the seventh is listed in good condition.

He said a diesel fire broke out after the collision, but was quickly extinguished. The highway is shut down for about 8 miles.

Burlington Northern is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The collision comes just a week after a two commuter trains collided in Connecticut, leaving more than 70 people injured.