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    Northeastern Arkansas Train Collision Kills Two

    By by Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
    August 18, 2014, 4:25:45 PM EDT

    Two trains collided near Hoxie, Arkansas, at approximately 2:30 a.m. CDT, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, according to Arkansas State Police.

    According to the Associated Press, two train crew members were killed and two others were injured in the crash.

    One of the two trains caught on fire.


    Police in Lawrence County, Arkansas, asked approximately 500 people in the immediate vicinity to evacuate as a precaution. However, these people were allowed to return home later in the day on Sunday after the fire was extinguished and the cars that were damaged did not contain hazardous material.

    Highways 63 and 67 were closed following the crash.


    Weather did not appear to be a factor in the collision. However, storms in the area Sunday afternoon and evening could hinder the cleanup and investigation.

    At the time of the incident, the sky was partly cloudy over the region and winds were light at observation sites in Walnut Ridge and Jonesboro, Arkansas. Very spotty thunderstorms were occurring over northeastern Arkansas during the early morning hours on Sunday.

    Southwesterly winds averaging 6 to 12 mph are forecast on Sunday with temperatures climbing into the lower 90s. Winds will be locally gusty in the vicinity of drenching thunderstorms.


    Humidity levels will be high but typical for mid-August in Arkansas.

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