NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB Launches Go-Team to Missouri to Investigate Collision Between Two Freight Trains That Partially Collapsed a Highway Overpass

may 25

WASHINGTON -- The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a go-team to investigate this morning’s collision and derailment in Scott City, Mo.

At approximately 2:30 AM CDT a Union Pacific freight train and a BNSF freight train collided under a highway overpass causing them to derail and partially collapse the overpass. A post-crash fire was reported.

Senior Rail Investigator Mike Flanigon will serve as the investigator-in-charge. NTSB Board Member Robert L. Sumwalt is accompanying the team and will serve as the principal spokesperson during the on-scene phase of the investigation.

Public Affairs Specialist Terry Williams will also be on scene in Scott City to coordinate media related activities. He can be reached by mobile phone at (202) 320-2594 or by email at terry.williams@ntsb.gov.

For the latest information related to the investigation and any press briefings, follow us on twitter at @ntsb or our website, www.ntsb.gov.

Office of Public Affairs
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
(202) 314-6100
Eric M. Weiss



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.