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Freight trains collide, damaging highway; Scores rescued in San Antonio floods

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Freight trains collide, damaging highway

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the cause of a freight train collision that partially collapsed a highway overpass Saturday in southeastern Missouri, injuring seven people.

The collision occurred about 2:30 a.m. when a Union Pacific train hit a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at a rail intersection under a highway near Chaffee, a town of about 3,000 southwest of Cape Girardeau.

Scott County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher Clay Slipis said several cars derailed and hit a pillar of the highway overpass, bringing part of it down. Two cars were on the overpass when it fell. The highway was shut down for about eight miles, from Scott City to Chaffee.

Seven people — five in the vehicles and a UP train conductor and engineer — were taken to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. All seven were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

— Associated Press

TEXAS
Hundreds rescuedin San Antonio floods

Severe flooding from torrential rains in the San Antonio area left at least one person dead Saturday and sent emergency workers rushing in boats to rescue more than 200 residents stranded in cars and homes.

A woman was trapped in her car, climbed onto the roof and was swept away in floodwaters, San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove said. Her body was later found against a fence, he said. Her name was not immediately released.

Authorities were searching for at least two other people — one who went missing after being trapped in another car and a teenage boy who was swept away while trying to cross the swollen Cibolo Creek in suburban Schertz.

— Associated Press

Oregon teen accused of bomb plot: An Oregon teenager intended to blow up his school in a plot “forged and inspired by the model of the Columbine shootings,” and he will be charged with attempted aggravated murder, a prosecutor said late Saturday. Grant Acord, 17, will be charged as an adult and also faces six counts of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device after investigators found six bombs in a secret compartment in his bedroom, said Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson.

— From news services

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