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Head-On Train Crash Kills Two in Arkansas

Jasjit Mundh2 years ago

This Sunday, two Union Pacific train crew members were killed in Arkansas when two Union Pacific trains collided head-on.

About the Arkansas Train Accident

According to the Guardian, the freight train crash occurred in Hoxie around 3 a.m. Two crew members were killed and two others were injured in the collision.

The crash led to a fire that took seven hours to extinguish. The fire involved diesel, a ruptured tank car, and an unknown alcoholic beverage in the tank car. About 500 people 1.5 miles around the crash site were asked to evacuate but were back in their homes by the mid-morning.

Union Pacific did not immediately release the names of those killed and injured, and the cause of the accident is not yet known. The National Transportation Safety Board will take over the investigation.

Train Accident Statistics

The United States Department of Transportation states:

  • There were 1,704 train accidents in 2012, which resulted in 9 deaths and 283 injuries.
  • Of those 1,704 accidents, 159 were caused by collisions while 1,256 were caused by derailments. 
  • In 2012, 16 on-duty train employees were killed. 3,856 on-duty train employees were injured.


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