MAMMOTH SPRING, AR - For the second time in less than a month, Mammoth Spring is the site of another train derailment.
Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis tells Region 8 News that a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe freight derailed at approximately 2:30 a.m. this morning "on the backside of the spring." Eightteen cars derailed in the accident, including one car that apparently rolled down a hill and collided with another train. The accident sent two cars into the lake at Mammoth Spring State Park, prompting park officials to close the park for the day.
BN-SF spokesman Joe Faust says a locomotive engineer suffered a minor injury in the crash.
Some of the freight cars were apparently loaded with what Davis said appeared to be animal feed, some of which spilled as a result of the accident. One of the cars also contained fiberboard, and several other cars were apparently empty. The chief said he expects railroad personnel will be "at least two or three days" cleaning up the wreck site.
The railroad runs through the state park, which sits along the Arkansas-Missouri state line.
The accident follows another derailment in downtown Mammoth Spring on May 5, when 14 cars of a BN-SF freight left the tracks in an accident.