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Prescott driver struck, killed by train

By Katie Doherty

This article was published January 2, 2013 at 7:04 a.m.

A Prescott man was killed Sunday night after his vehicle was struck by an oncoming train, the Arkansas State Police said.

Jimmie L. Guyton Jr., 47, driving a 1990 Buick Century north on County Road 48 west of Prescott when he failed to yield at a railroad crossing, the state police said in a preliminary crash report.

Guyton’s car was hit on the rear driver side by an oncoming Amtrak train about 10:50 p.m., state police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Guyton was the 542nd person killed in an accident on Arkansas roads in 2012, according to preliminary figures.

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LRfriend says... January 2, 2013 at 8:11 a.m.

Is there a reason people can't see a huge train coming at them? Even if it is an unmarked crossing, this enormous object is coming at you with headlights and horn blowing. If the crossing doesn't have arms, wouldn't you stop and look? Is there anything important enough to try to beat a train? Foolish, deadly mistake that can't be undone.

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Felina says... January 2, 2013 at 8:27 a.m.

I can't believe the risks I see drivers take DAILY as they try to be the last car to cross before the train comes. To complicate matters, large objects appear to be going slower than they really are, giving the drivers a false sense of confidence. I think all RR crossings should have arms.

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... January 2, 2013 at 9:39 a.m.

All railroad crossings should be an over or underpass then there would be no problems

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LR1955 says... January 2, 2013 at 3:39 p.m.

the three D's-----DUMB, DRUGS, DRUNK !!!!

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mattnowlin2g112310948 says... January 2, 2013 at 5:05 p.m. many of you people are familiar with this crossing? I'd guess none of you. My wife grew up on that road and lived walking distance from that intersection. This is a poorly setup crossing. It is very steep to the point where you can't see the other side of the crossing, nor can you see the train coming, because of the massive amount of trees covering your vision. The angle of the crossing is also an issue. They have begged Union Pacific for years to fix the problem, and put up lights and crossing arms, or at least lights, yet they always say that "Because it's a county road, they won't do it, and that they aren't required by any law to do that." This is not the first person to be killed here. It is so steep of a crossing that if you don't keep your foot on the gas, you might not make it across. We're talking one foot on the break and one on the gas if you have to stop for a train, so you don't roll backwards.

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