Name released in train/semi collision - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Name released in train/semi collision

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – According to the Craighead County Sheriff's Office, Jonesboro native Joseph Johansen, 69, was the driver killed in Thursday's crash involving a train and a semi. 

Jonesboro Police and Fire Dispatch say a train and semi collided on Highway 49 north of Farville curve near the Busch Agri crossing.

Traffic was backed up on Highway 49 as emergency crews worked to cleanup the scene.  The semi's trailer was carrying rice seed from Alvin, TX.

Arkansas State Police found Johansen's body in the cab of the truck.

Witness Robert Neighbors said he saw the truck stop on the tracks moments before it was hit.  "He pulled up on to the tracks, and the train was blaring its horn, the sirens and all that were going off, and he just stopped dead on the tracks."

No one operating the train was injured.

Craighead County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Skinner stated in a news release that the accident is still under investigation.  

Copyright 2011 KAIT. All rights reserved.

 

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • I-40 Eastbound shutdown going into Memphis for active crime scene

    I-40 Eastbound shutdown going into Memphis for active crime scene

    Monday, May 21 2018 6:48 PM EDT2018-05-21 22:48:39 GMT
    (Source: ARDOT)(Source: ARDOT)

    Interstate 40 going into Memphis has been shut down due to an active crime scene.  

    Interstate 40 going into Memphis has been shut down due to an active crime scene.  

  • Suspect in custody, man's body found with gunshot wounds in Butler Co., MO

    Suspect in custody, man's body found with gunshot wounds in Butler Co., MO

    Monday, May 21 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-05-21 22:44:53 GMT

    A suspect is in custody after the body of a man was found in Butler County, Missouri on Sunday, May 20.

    A suspect is in custody after the body of a man was found in Butler County, Missouri on Sunday, May 20.

  • Organization donates first aid kit to K9 officer

    Organization donates first aid kit to K9 officer

    Monday, May 21 2018 6:06 PM EDT2018-05-21 22:06:46 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 6:15 PM EDT2018-05-21 22:15:30 GMT
    (Source: Protecting K9 Heroes via Facebook)(Source: Protecting K9 Heroes via Facebook)
    (Source: Protecting K9 Heroes via Facebook)(Source: Protecting K9 Heroes via Facebook)

    Thanks to a donation, the Cleburne County K9 officer now has a first aid medical kit.

    Thanks to a donation, the Cleburne County K9 officer now has a first aid medical kit.

Powered by Frankly