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Train-car wreck leaves child dead, hurts 3

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published July 3, 2014 at 8:44 a.m. Updated July 3, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.


A child was killed and three people injured in a collision between a train and a vehicle.

This locator map shows were a train and car collided in Sweet Home on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

A person who was injured in a train-vehicle collision is carried on a stretcher from the crash site Thursday.


A child died and three other people were injured in a collision between a train and a car Thursday morning in Pulaski County.

It happened shortly after 8 a.m. in Sweet Home at a railroad crossing at Harper Road and Arkansas 365, Pulaski County sheriff's office Lt. Carl Minden said.

The Union Pacific train reportedly hit the Chrysler 300 as the car was being driven from Harper onto Arkansas 365. The impact sent the car more than a quarter-mile down the track, into a remote area surrounded by woods on each side and not easily accessible by vehicle.

One victim, a young girl, was taken from the scene by helicopter with a leg injury. Two others, a teenager and an adult, were taken away on stretchers by emergency responders who walked down the tracks to access the scene.

The child passenger, whose age was not clear, died at the scene.


Authorities are responding Thursday morning to a wreck involving a train and a car in the Sweet Home area that left a child dead and injured three other people.

Pulaski County sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Carl Minden said the initial report was that at least one person was trapped in the car. He confirmed later that a child had died in the accident and that three other people were injured.

Emergency responders were seen about 9:20 a.m. carrying one person from the crash on a stretcher. The man was in a neck brace but clearly conscious.

A medical helicopter was seen taking off from the area moments earlier, though it wasn't known whether any victims from the crash were on board.

An Arkansas Online reporter is on the scene, and we will update with more information as it becomes available.


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jkc78 says... July 3, 2014 at 9:51 a.m.

where is sweet home?

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dvc72120 says... July 3, 2014 at 9:56 a.m.

Sweet Home is SE of the Little Rock Airport. cannot beat a train. Now a child is dead because you thought you could.

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gerwood11 says... July 3, 2014 at 10:37 a.m.

Please do not judge. Some crossings are in RR curves, poorly marked or unfamiliar to distracted drivers. I am very careful at crossings in my town; yet the bars dropped down on me without any warnings of bell or lights. Luckily, I drive a high powered vehicle that I hit the gas pedal and escaped the tracks...Purely a malfunction of the signals. This family is suffering and should have our prayers, not condemnation without knowing the facts.

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jkc78 says... July 3, 2014 at 10:51 a.m.

i agree gerwood11

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HarleyOwner says... July 3, 2014 at 10:57 a.m.

Doesn't look to be an Union Pacific diesel. So, doubt that the crossing had any flashing lights. May have belonged to the 3M company or that rock quarry on Arch street. Most of the ones I've seen just poke along.

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Eksessiv says... July 3, 2014 at 11:24 a.m.

Harley, look at the picture. It clearly says Union Pacific on the train. :)

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slowtruck106011519 says... July 3, 2014 at 11:46 a.m.

That one has light and arms

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SUPERDUTY says... July 3, 2014 at 12:36 p.m.

Visibility is good in both directions.

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kelob says... July 3, 2014 at 12:45 p.m.

Exactly, Please do not judge until the facts are given... You are right! It is a blind spot and a curve before the crossing, plus no information given on what happen before the vehicle was struck! etc. The car could have stalled on the tracks right before being hit!
I am very familar with this crossing!

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JayPittman says... July 3, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.

First and foremost if anyone has never lived in this area, please stop condemning. Everyone that's familiar with the area knows that the RR Crossings between Wrightsville to College Station has been trouble for years! I happen to know this groups family, and also knowing to not condemn because my grandfather was killed the same way in the same area. Please lift a word of prayer to the families of both the injured as well as the conductor on the train.

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