National news agencies are reporting that two freight trains collided and derailed early today, May 25, in southeast Missouri.

The collision apparently triggered the collapse of a highway overpass when several rail cars struck a support pillar.

Seven people were injured, including two personnel on the trains and five individuals in cars on the overpass on Highway M near Scott City, about 120 miles south of St. Louis, NBC affiliate KSDK reported.

All the injured were hospitalized and listed in fair condition.

The crash involving a BNSF Railway Co. and Union Pacific trains occurred before dawn at a rail intersection.

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