Evacuees Go Home After Fatal Train Collision

Evacuees Go Home After Fatal Train Collision

By Jenny White. CREATED Aug 17, 2014

HOXIE, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two others were hurt when two freight trains collided head-on in northeast Arkansas.

The railroad spokesman says the collision happened around 3 a.m. in Hoxie, a small town about 90 miles northwest of Memphis, Tennessee. A resulting fire took about seven hours to extinguish.

The spokesman says two cars caught fire, one carrying diesel and one carrying an alcoholic beverage.
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Kendell Snyder says no health hazards were 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 crew members.