November 5, 2004 -- Posted at: 11:15pm CST
PARAGOULD, AR - Sergeant Tony Williams, a member of the Paragould Police Department, explained that 19 year old Glenn Barron was walking from the west carrying his bicycle. He had gone down into a ditch next to the Union Pacific railroad tracks underneath Highway 412, took 5 or 6 steps up out of the ditch and was hit by a train. Williams and Bonnie Flanery, a woman who lives not far from where the accident happened, both said too many pedestrians walk along and across those tracks. Flanery, who has lived next to the tracks for 11 years, added that some younger kids play "chicken" with the trains.
"They stay there 'til the train is I'd say maybe 30 foot from the crossing. They'll be sitting there and then they'll just got off the track just before the train gets there," explained Flanery.