Passengers injured in Arkansas & Missouri accident

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BRENTWOOD, Ark. — Multiple injuries are reported in a Thursday morning accident involving two Arkansas & Missouri Railroad trains, one of them a fall foliage passenger special.

The accident occurred near the unincorporated community of Brentwood, approximately 17 miles south of Fayetteville.

According to John Luther, coordinator, emergency operations department for Washington County, Ark., “five to six” passengers suffered serious to critical injuries and were transported to nearby hospitals. Luther said there were 44 people on board the passenger train. Others suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Luther confirmed 300 gallons of diesel fuel had spilled from locomotives, but nearby waterways are not expected to be affected.

Arkansas State Police, Washington County Sheriff’s office and railroad police are investigating the incident.

Trains News Wire is awaiting comment from railroad officials.

It is the second major accident in less than a week on the Arkansas & Missouri. Two crew members were injured in an Oct. 10 derailment of a 98-car freight train near Schaberg, Ark. That line remains closed, although the railroad hopes to reopen it Friday.

 

 

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