The accident happened shortly after 10 a.m. on tracks about two miles east of Goodwell. A westbound train consisting of three locomotives and 80 rail cars collided with an eastbound intermodal train consisting of four locomotives and 108 rail cars.
One conductor and one engineer were aboard each of the trains. The conductor of the westbound train escaped but the other three crewmembers were unaccounted for.
The westbound train was carrying finished automobiles and the eastbound rain had mixed freight. The two lead locomotives of the first train and the first locomotive on the second train caught fire.