2 Dead, 2 Injured in Arkansas Union Pacific Train Collision

Union-PacificAuthorities say two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two were injured when two freight trains collided in northeast Arkansas.

Arkansas State Police said in a statement they were called to the site about 3 a.m. Sunday in Hoxie.

Union Pacific spokesman Brandon Morris says two cars caught fire, one carrying diesel and one carrying an alcoholic beverage. He says the fire was out about 10 a.m.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Kendell Snyder said no health hazards had been detected from the fire.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said about 500 people were forced to leave their homes, but emergency officials say most were allowed to return by midmorning.

In June 2012, a head-on train crash in the Oklahoma Panhandle killed three Union Pacific crewmembers.


    How does this even happen with all the technology they use?

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  • Dennis

    And the railroads want to go to a one man crew. Crazy!

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  • Davey D

    Maybe that’s why they want to go to one man crews. Apparently two man crews aren’t able to avoid these crashes. Now more than ever these crews need to pay attention and do their job.

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