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Mammoth Spring, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Second Train Derailment in Less than a Month for Mammoth Spring

MAMMOTH SPRING, AR (KAIT) -- For the second time in less than a month there is a train derailment in Mammoth Spring.  Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials told Region 8 News that around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning 18 rail cars left the track and two trains collided.

"Apparently what happened is that one train rolled into another train," said Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis.

Burlington Northern representative Joe Faust said two trains did collide.  Only one of the trains was moving at the time of the accident and the exact cause of the accident is still under investigation.  One of the trains was going from Memphis to Kansas and the other was scheduled from Birmingham to Richmond, California.

While it looks pretty bad, officials say no one got hurt.

"No serious injuries and nothing dangerous," said Davis.

One engineer received oxygen on the scene but was treated and released.  Crews from the railroad are on the scene looking at the damage and trying to pinpoint the cause.

"As soon as they got here I got out of their way and helped them shut down some places so they could get their equipment in," said Davis.

Faust tells Region 8 news that luckily most of the train cars were empty.  One was carrying nitrogen fertilizer that was compromised in the accident and hazmat crews from West Plains helped pack it up and remove it from the train.

"They've got a mess to clean up but they've got a bunch of folks working on it.  I imagine a day or two and they'll probably have it clear," said Davis.

There are two companies coming into help with the cleanup from the derailment. 
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