On Monday, December 30, 2013, at 6:37 a.m. central standard time, southbound Union Pacific Railroad (UP) freight train MPBSR 30collided head on with BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) train CMNRNAJ 23. The collision happened at milepost (MP) 218.5 near Keithville, Louisiana, which is about 20 miles south of Shreveport, Louisiana, on the UP Lufkin Subdivision. The three leading locomotives and one car from the UP train derailed. Two locomotives and 11 cars from the BNSF train derailed. At the time of the accident, it was dark and overcast with visibility of about 10 miles. The temperature was 37°F.
There were three crewmembers aboard each train. All of the UP crewmembers and one BNSF crewmember were injured. There was no significant fire or release of hazardous materials. Damages were estimated at $7.8 million.