State Investigating SeMo Train Derailment

MARCH 16, 2006 - Posted at 7:37 a.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - A state official says the engineer of a freight train that derailed near Cape Girardeau Monday could see misaligned tracks ahead.  But the state department of transportation says he was unable to stop in time to avoid the derailment.

Heavy rains washed away rocks between train tracks and the ground.  Several new cars and trucks were demolished when six rail cars went into the Mississippi River.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)