Monday, July 11, 2005

4 killed when two trains collide

BENTONIA, Mississippi (AP) -- Two freight trains collided and partially derailed early Sunday, killing four people, and residents of nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution, authorities said.
The fatalities were all believed to be crew members from the trains that collided head-on Sunday morning. Rescue teams continued to search the wreckage, but no other injuries were reported, officials said.
One of the cars leaked vegetable oil and caught fire, but the flames were extinguished, said Amy Carruth, a spokeswoman with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. The cause of the wreck was not immediate determined, Carruth said.


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