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Arkansas State Police Trooper Whitney investigated an injury train crash yesterday on Upper Etta Road South of Malvern last night.
As 911 responders began arriving off of the Highway 67 side of Upper Etta Road, they were instructing other units to take the Webster Trail Route because the pick-up truck involved in the crash was on the other side of the train from them. The train came to a stop after impact and was blocking the tracks.
Train personnel worked quickly to unhook the train, so the 911 rescuers could cross the track. When South Malvern Fire & Rescue Troops arrived, the truck was a fully involved vehicle fire. The fire was knocked down quickly and it was soon learned that the injured occupants of the truck had been transported by private vehicle(s) to the hospital.
What exactly took place here was not clear to me before I punched out this story. The Heroes were still busy investigating at the time.
The Hot Spring County Sheriff’s Patrol, the Hot Spring County Department of Emergency Management and a LifeNet Ambulance Crew assisted as needed.
Tanner’s Towing & Recovery took charge of the burned out pick-up truck and removed it from the scene.
Traffic flow was interrupted for approximately 40 minutes. All train traffic at this location was suspended for at least 1.5 hours.