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NTSB: Train Missed Signals Before Oklahoma Crash

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Federal investigators say 1 of 2 Union Pacific freight trains that collided in the Oklahoma Panhandle last summer and killed three workers missed signals warning it to slow down or stop.

Investigators told the National Transportation Safety Board at a Tuesday hearing in Washington about the June 24 wreck that the eastbound train passed a siding at 68 mph just prior to colliding head-on with a westbound train near Goodwell.

The collision sparked an inferno that nearly welded the locomotives together. One worker survived.

NTSB investigators say the eastbound train missed two signals to slow down and a final warning to stop.

The NTSB said Tuesday's hearing was for fact-finding and not to assess blame. It heard testimony from officials from Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific, government agencies and labor unions.

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