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Tuckerman, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Dangerous Rail Road Crossing Leaves Residents Concerned

August 24, 2006 -- Posted at 6:48 p.m.

TUCKERMAN, AR -- On Tuesday, August 22 65-year-old Wayne Jiles was bush hogging by the railroad tracks.  When he crossed the track, he was struck by a train.

"The train hit his tractor twice, it broke the tractor in half and threw his bush hog across highway 67," said his brother Alfred Jiles.

Residents say trains don't always honk their horns, so to see if a train is coming drivers have to risk their safety.

"They have the growth up on the sides of the highway and on the railroad.  The banks are grown up," said Jiles.

While some of this has been bush hogged recently, there is more growth that needs to be taken care of.

Jiles said he thinks the speed of the trains has increased as well.  The train that hit his brother was traveling between 67 and 70 miles per hour.

"This train that hit him... a minute before could have been a mile, a mile and a half down the road," said Jiles.

A railroad official was out measuring the tracks on Thursday investigating the scene of the accident.

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