Two dead, two hurt in Arkansas train accident

By Michelle Kapusta,

Authorities said that two people were killed and two more were injured after a pair of freight trains collided in Arkansas.

According to the Associated Press, the collision between the two Union Pacific trains happened before 3 a.m. on Sunday in Hoxie.

Reuters noted that the trains were carrying toxic substances when the collision occured and hundreds of residents in the town were forced to evacuate from their homes for several hours.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Kendell Snyder said that diesel fuel and some type of alcoholic beverage are what caught fire.

"There were some additional hazardous materials on the trains as part of the cargo, but I don't know what those products were," he said. "I do know that they were not compromised in the fire."

Hoxie is a small town in Lawrence County, just over 100 miles north of Little Rock. It has a population of approximately 2,700 people.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

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