Freight trains collide head-on; 2 crew members injured

FILE - In this June 4, 2014 file photo, a Norfolk Southern locomotive moves along the tracks in Norfolk, Va. Three of the biggest freight railroads operating in the U.S. have told telling the government they won’t make a 2018 deadline to start using safety technology intended to prevent accidents like the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia last May. Norfolk Southern, Canadian National Railway and CSX Transportation and say they won’t be ready until 2020, according to a list provided to The Associated Press by the Federal Railroad Administration. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Two freight trains have crashed head-on in Pennsylvania, injuring two crew members.

A CSX spokesman says an empty freight train traveling to Pavonia, New Jersey from Richmond, Virginia collided Friday morning with another CSX train carrying consumer goods and food products to Atlanta from Quebec, Canada.

Neither train was carrying hazardous materials.

Spokesman Rob Doolittle says two crew members were aboard each train during the crash at a track interlocking in Chester, outside of Philadelphia.

He declined to comment on the extent of injuries suffered by the two employees.

CSX personnel and local law enforcement are trying to determine how fast each train was traveling at the time and what caused the crash.
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