On May 14, 1997, about 9:00 p.m., central daylight time, a Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad (M&NA) train, the Cotter North local, was traveling northbound in nonsignaled territory when it entered a siding track and collided with an unattended and unoccupied Branson Scenic Railway (BSR) excursion train. The collision occurred in downtown Branson, Missouri, on the M&NA Aurora Subdivision at milepost (MP) 447.3. When the collision occurred, the lead locomotive unit of the striking train derailed and caught fire. Also, both locomotive units of the parked train derailed. Both train crewmembers of the M&NA train sustained minor injuries. The costs associated with the accident were $410,625.