Knobel Man Dies in Car-Train Collision in Clay County

January 16, 2004 - Posted at 8:41 a.m. CDT

PEACH ORCHARD, AR - An elderly Clay County man perished in a car-train accident late Thursday afternoon.

The accident happend shortly after 4:30 p.m. off Highway 90 near Peach Orchard, when a 1989 Ford van driven by 75-year-old James Reynolds of Knobel was struck by a Union Pacific freight as it attempted to cross the tracks.  Reynolds was ejected from his vehicle upon impact, and was pronounced dead at the scene by a deputy coroner.

There are no gates or warning lights at the crossing, and one witness told K8 News the train did not sound its horn as it approached the tracks.  "I was sittin' right here when the train came by.  He didn't honk his horn...I didn't hear it, let's put it that way," said Wesley Squires.

The accident was investigated by the Arkansas State Police.