Hoxie residents react to train collision

U.S. 67 closed, some residents remain evacuated after deadly train collision


Hundreds of Hoxie residents were forced to evacuate their home Sunday after police say a few train cars were carrying hazardous materials.

Patricia Douglas was told she had to leave her home because of a train accident. 

"I was awake on one of the computers at 5 when officers knocked on our door," she said. "He did say don't take time to grab a bunch of stuff just get ready and go because we weren't sure and we could smell it already.."

The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at the Walnut Ridge Community Center. Douglas and her daughter were among hundreds of residents who needed a place to go.  

Two people are dead and two others were injured after two freight trains collided early Sunday morning south of Hoxie. Police began evacuations sometime around 3:30 a.m.

"We were able to meet up with our friends and neighbors so we know everyone is okay," Douglas said. 

Hoxie Resident, Rickie McCoy lives very close to where the trains collided. He said he realized something was wrong when he heard a loud noise.

"I heard two guys hollering for help so we ran over to the train, me and two teenage boys and their mom went over and helped get the two guys," he said. "We got one to the other side of the train and the other guy we couldn't move him much further."

Arkansas State Police say those killed and injured were believed to be crew members on the train. The shelter will be open until residents are allowed to return home.

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