Not far from the site of the Amtrack wreck
that killed 11, an eastbound Contrail train
struck a southbound Union Pacific train in
The CR train hit the side of the UP train at a
diamond. Who had the right-of-way is unknown.
Three people, the trains’ two engineers and one conductor,
sustained minor injuries.
Four UP and four CR cars derailed in addition to the
severe damage to the engines.
The UP train was carrying auto parts from Chicago to Mexico
and the CR train carried mixed freight from Kankakee to Elkhart,
Firefighters used sand and other equipment to contain diesel
fuel spilling from the derailment. This could have been a lot worse.