Amtrak trains delayed
By DAVID SILVERBERG
The southbound Amtrak passenger train was five hours late arriving in Poplar Bluff, Mo., Monday night due to 70 mph winds knocking trees onto the tracks near Springfield, Ill., and having to wait on sidings to give priority to other trains.
Amtrak's Texas Eagle was two hours and 40 minutes late arriving in St. Louis, Mo., due to the storm damage.
Then there was additional freight train traffic between St. Louis and Poplar Bluff because of a two-train crash near Chaffee, Mo., around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
A Union Pacific freight train and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train collided, causing both to derail.
One of the trains hit a pillar on the Highway M overpass, causing the overpass to collapse.
Two train crewmen and five persons in two vehicles were injured. The two vehicles went airborne and crashed onto the collapsed overpass.
The train collision is under investigation by the National Safety Transportation Board.
Freight trains going east from Poplar Bluff through Dexter, Mo., and Chaffee had to be rerouted north to St. Louis.
The southbound Amtrak also had to wait on a siding southeast of Piedmont, Mo., while the northbound Texas Eagle passed.
When the passenger trains are on schedule, the southbound Amtrak arrives at 11:42 p.m. nightly and the northbound at 2:44 a.m. nightly.
Saturday and Sunday night, the southbound Texas Eagle left St. Louis on time at 8 p.m.
Arrival in Poplar Bluff was one hour and 40 minutes late Saturday night and one hour and 19 minutes late Sunday night.