Train Derails in Lawrence County

JANUARY 12, 2005 - Posted at 11:07 a.m. CST

RAVENDEN, AR - A freight train derailed early this morning in the Ozark foothills of western Lawrence County, near Ravenden, according to a spokesman with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

One car of a southbound Burlington Northern-Santa Fe freight left the tracks at approximately 1:15 a.m. today, according to company spokesman Joe Faust.  Faust said no one was injured in the mishap, which is currently under investigation.  The accident resulted in a small spill of approximately 20 gallons of diesel, which was contained in just over two hours, according to Faust.  "No homes or businesses had to be evacuated.  The accident was in a pretty remote area," said Faust.

The accident did cause significant damage to rail tracks, and Faust said two "boom" crews from Memphis have been at the scene cleaning up the wreckage since approximately 6:30 a.m.  The accident is expected to result in some delays to other rail traffic in northern Arkansas for approximately 12 to 24 hours.