Train Derails at Mammoth Spring - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Mammoth Spring, AR

Train Derails at Mammoth Spring

MAMMOTH SPRING, AR - A Burlington Northern/Santa Fe freight train derailed in downtown Mammoth Spring shortly after 12 p.m. this afternoon, prompting emergency authorities to evacuate all campuses of the Mammoth Spring School District.

Fulton County Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Al Roork said 14 cars of a 118-car freight train derailed, but no was injured in the mishap.  Thirteen of the 14 derailed cars were carrying "pelletized plastic," which is used in the manufacture of plastic goods, according to Roork.  The other car's cargo was liquid butane," but at this time that car is not leaking.  However, about 500 students, plus faculty and staff, were evacuated from the nearby school as a precautionary measure.

Several law enforcement officials, emergency responders and railroad employees are working to secure the scene at this time.

Vehicle traffic in the area is described as "heavily congested" at this time, and Roork said emergency officials are asking anyone that does not have to be in Mammoth Spring at this time to stay away.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Police, firefighters respond to building fire

    Police, firefighters respond to building fire

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:35 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:35:05 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 10:39 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:39:52 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    According to Jonesboro police dispatch, both Jonesboro police and firefighters have responded to a building fire in the 100 block of East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro.

    According to Jonesboro police dispatch, both Jonesboro police and firefighters have responded to a building fire in the 100 block of East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro.

  • A-State to add musical theatre to degree program

    A-State to add musical theatre to degree program

    Friday, June 22 2018 8:00 PM EDT2018-06-23 00:00:34 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 10:15 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:15:29 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The introduction of musical theatre as part of the Department of Theatre at Arkansas State University will provide students in the field with a key opportunity to learn more on the emerging field, university officials said Friday. 

    The introduction of musical theatre as part of the Department of Theatre at Arkansas State University will provide students in the field with a key opportunity to learn more on the emerging field, university officials said Friday. 

  • Prospective highway projects list released by state

    Prospective highway projects list released by state

    Friday, June 22 2018 8:32 PM EDT2018-06-23 00:32:30 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 10:12 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:12:07 GMT
    (Source: ARDOT via Twitter)(Source: ARDOT via Twitter)
    (Source: ARDOT via Twitter)(Source: ARDOT via Twitter)

    The public will have an opportunity to let their voice be heard on a series of state highway projects in Arkansas over the next several years. 

    The public will have an opportunity to let their voice be heard on a series of state highway projects in Arkansas over the next several years. 

Powered by Frankly