DECEMBER 15, 2004 - Posted at 8:28 a.m. CST, updated at 2:10 p.m. CST
BLYTHEVILLE, AR - Two southeast Missouri men are hospitalized in Memphis this afternoon following a truck & train accident this morning near Blytheville.
The accident occurred at 7:20 a.m., when a northbound remote-controlled train operated by the Nucor-Yamato company struck an eastbound 18-wheeler as the truck attempted to cross rail tracks on Arkansas 18, near the Nucor-Yamato steel mill east of Blytheville. The truck was driven by 61-year-old Thomas Rogers of Dyersburg, Tennessee, who told Arkansas State Police that he did not see the crossing's warning lights due to harsh sunlight that was shining directly in his eyes. Rogers was not injured. According to State Police trooper Dale Cook, the collision's impact knocked the truck's trailer on its side, where it spilled a load of steel by-product onto an adjacent car driven by 50-year-old Cordell Wells of Blytheville. Wells sustained moderate injuries and was taken to the Baptist Memorial Hospital of Blytheville for treatment.