December 3, 2001

Train collision on scenic Panama route

                 PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) -- Two trains collided on a scenic route along
                 the Panama Canal, killing the engineer of one train and slightly injuring 10
                 American tourists, rail officials said Monday.

                 The passengers injured in Sunday's accident, who took the train as part of a cruise
                 vacation, were treated at a hospital in Panama City for cuts and bruises and released
                 the same day.

                 The train they were riding in crashed into another train waiting to change rails at a
                 crossover in the city of Gamboa, 25 miles northwest of Panama City.

                 Thomas Kenna, spokesman for the U.S.-based Kansas City Southern Rail Network,
                 which operates the Panama Railway Company, said the cause of the crash was
                 under investigation.

                 The train was headed toward the Atlantic coast city of Colon, along a route that
                 takes it through jungles that border the waterway.

                  Copyright 2001 The Associated Press.