Region 8 man hit and killed by train while walking along tracks

POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – A Region 8 man was killed early Tuesday morning after he was hit by a train.

According to the Poinsett County Sheriff's Department around 5am Tuesday morning, John Conaster was walking along the railroad tracks at Cash Road and Old Bay Highway when he was hit by a train.

Conductors of the train told deputies they sounded the horn and bell, but the subject never turned around. The conductor said at that point he applied the emergency brakes, but was unable to stop in time.

The Poinsett County Coroner pronounced Conaster dead at the scene. No word on why he was on the tracks.

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