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story.lead_photo.caption Authorities are investigating a collision between a truck and a train in Little Rock on Thursday. - Photo by Thomas Metthe

Little Rock police say a Port Authority worker who was riding on the back of a train was killed when it crashed with an 18-wheeler Thursday morning.

The collision happened about 9:30 a.m. in the 8200 block of Frazier Pike Road in east Little Rock.

Officer Steve Moore said the train was backing up when it hit the truck. Two Little Rock Port Authority workers were riding on the back of the train and jumped off in opposite directions when the wreck occurred, police said. A 62-year-old man was crushed when the train fell off the tracks.

Gallery: Man Dies After Train Collides With Truck

"A longtime Little Rock Port Authority Railroad employee has died as a result of the accident," the agency's executive director, Bryan Day, said in a statement. "Our hearts and prayers are with all of those involved in the accident, as well as our colleague and his family."

Day added that local and federal officials responded to the crash and will conduct a full investigation.

A crane was to remove the wreckage Thursday morning.

At least 215 people have died in crashes on state roads this year, according to preliminary state police data.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • hogfan2012
    June 21, 2018 at 11:13 a.m.

    Isn't that 3 train/vehicle collisions in the past week? Wake up people!!!!

  • obbie
    June 21, 2018 at 12:33 p.m.

    Train 1; truck 0.

  • FireEyes
    June 21, 2018 at 12:59 p.m.

    Agreed HogFan...... As long as those lights are flashing, don't you dare move unless a RAILROAD official tells you it's OK. Wherever you have to be can wait!

  • DanielR
    June 21, 2018 at 1:20 p.m.

    If situation is as such, I hope and pray the person in charge of the truck gets charged at least with manslaughter.

  • MaxCady
    June 21, 2018 at 1:42 p.m.

    Stop. Look. Listen. Live.

  • HarleyOwner
    June 21, 2018 at 4:59 p.m.

    Tragic. I'm wondering it was a regular size locomotive or one a little smaller? It probably wasn't going very fast but it managed to fall over.

    June 21, 2018 at 5:36 p.m.

    From the pictures that wasn't the locomotive that fell over, looks like just 1 of the cars still tragic because of someone that Just couldn't wait