Two trains collided in southern Iowa yesterday, forcing Amtrak to re-route its passenger trains. The collision happened just before 2:30 in rural Lucas County, when a train carrying dozens of cars of coal slammed into another train that was also loaded with coal. The result? Three, huge locomotives derailed; one completely jumped the tracks. Two crewmembers were taken to the hospital, treated for minor cuts and bruises, then released. The tracks were damaged, and Amtrak’s Omaha to Chicago will be re-routed for awhile.
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