JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Jonesboro Police, Fire, and EMT services responded to a call that a car had been struck by a train around 7:25 Monday morning at an ungated crossing on Rook Road.
According to Sgt. George Martin of the JPD, 17-year-old Austin Bateman was driving a silver Honda Accord east bound on Rook Rd. when it apparently drove into the path of the southbound Union Pacific train. The car was struck squarely on the drivers side then slid down to rest about 60 feet from the original point of impact.
Martin said the teenage driver had to be cut out of his car and was air lifted to the Med in Memphis where officials say he is in critical condition.
Bateman attends Nettleton High School.
Union Pacific Officials said the track speed in that area was 40 miles per hour. Martin said he was told by railroad officials that the train was moving around 39 at the time of the accident.