Cause of Sharp Co. train derailment still being investigated - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Cause of Sharp Co. train derailment still being investigated

WILLIFORD, AR (KAIT) - Crews are still clearing the wreckage after multiple train cars went off the tracks near a town in Sharp County early Wednesday morning.

Sheriff Mark Counts says the train derailment near Williford was called in from a Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNFS) railroad dispatcher just before 2:30 a.m.  The train derailment is located around Highway 58 close to an abandoned quarry. 

It was initially reported that 29 of 67 train cars went off the track, but now BNFS officials say a total of 13 cars completely left the track.

Those cars included two carrying hazardous materials, which were found secure and showed no signs of leakage.

Joe Faust, a BNFS spokesman, the train was traveling from Memphis to Thayer, Mo.

Faust says no one was injured during the incident and added it is unknown how much the damage will cost.

According to Faust, workers expect to reopen the rail line as early as midnight Thursday.  

BNFS investigators are still trying to determine what caused the train to fall off the track 

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved.

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

  • Region 8 town cleans up storm damage

    Region 8 town cleans up storm damage

    Saturday, March 25 2017 7:06 PM EDT2017-03-25 23:06:01 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 7:51 PM EDT2017-03-25 23:51:11 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    One Region 8 town was busy cleaning up storm damage on Saturday. 

    One Region 8 town was busy cleaning up storm damage on Saturday. 

  • Crews work to restore power to residents following overnight storm damage

    Crews work to restore power to residents following overnight storm damage

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:28 AM EDT2017-03-25 15:28:38 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 3:55 PM EDT2017-03-25 19:55:56 GMT
    (Source: Craighead Electric Cooperative Facebook Page)(Source: Craighead Electric Cooperative Facebook Page)

    Several residents affected by overnight storms may have to wait a while before their power is restored.

    Several residents affected by overnight storms may have to wait a while before their power is restored.

  • City incinerator cut off following early morning storm damage

    City incinerator cut off following early morning storm damage

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:37 AM EDT2017-03-25 14:37:51 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 3:54 PM EDT2017-03-25 19:54:49 GMT
    (Source: Bill Campbell)(Source: Bill Campbell)

    The city of Jonesboro announced Saturday morning that access to the city's incinerator has been cut off in the wake of storms that rolled through the area.

    The city of Jonesboro announced Saturday morning that access to the city's incinerator has been cut off in the wake of storms that rolled through the area.

Powered by Frankly