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Deadly train collision prompts evacuations; Hoxie, AR closed off

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posted on Aug, 17 2014 @ 10:35 AM
About 2:30 in the morning, residents of Hoxie, AR were awakened to a loud explosion. An hour later many were evacuated as two trains collided killing two and injuring two others, all believed to be aboard the trains.

Officials with Union Pacific Railroad report that both trains had hazardous cargo on board but haven't said what it is yet.

Roads leading into Hoxie were closed and detours were set up for motorists to go around the city.

Deadly train collision prompts evacuations

And here's another report

The town in northeastern Arkansas was jarred awake by the explosion that occurred at about 2:30 a.m. local time Sunday morning, according to The report also said the trains were carrying some hazardous materials, but it wasn't yet known what those materials were.

Weather conditions do not appear to be a factor in the crash. Skies were clear, temperatures were hovering around 80 degrees and winds up to 10 mph were present.

Evacuations began around 3:30 a.m. and authorities kept the area clear for the rest of the morning, the report added. All roads leading into Hoxie, including Highways 67 and 63, were closed after the explosion, according to

Trains collide near Hoxie, AR
edit on 17-8-2014 by Rezlooper because: (no reason given)

posted on Aug, 17 2014 @ 10:41 AM
Oh dear - that doesn't sound good, especially given the fatalities.

That said, I'd imagine rail is pretty good for transporting hazardous material. It's fairly safe for one and the track gives absolute certainty over the path.

Obviously that's no use if they collide though!

posted on Aug, 17 2014 @ 10:45 AM
Freigh t train collision leaves 2 dead; nearby homes evacuated

A fire involving one of the train engines was reported to still be burning at daybreak, however it is not believed to be threatening any of the toxic cargo.

posted on Aug, 17 2014 @ 11:05 AM
a reply to: SLAYER69

Well that will be good news if they manage to contain the toxic cargo. Pretty huge success given the fact that BOTH trains had hazardous materials.

posted on Aug, 17 2014 @ 03:07 PM
a reply to: Rezlooper

This is just unbelievable whats happening at the moment around the World. I was just about to post about this crash as I was reading about that Clinic break-in in Nigeria on skynews.

What the hell is going on?

posted on Aug, 17 2014 @ 04:29 PM
Here come the zombies...

Just you wait and see...

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