Why did these two trains collide?

By: Darrell Castle

A train crash early Sunday morning in Hoxie, Arkansas, 90 miles outside of Memphis, left two crew members dead and two others injured. The trains collided head on, leaving the question – why were these trains on the same track?

“We don’t know the cause of the accident. We have no idea why these trains were on the same line,” Emergency Management Director, Buddy Williams, said.

The collision involved two locomotives, one with with 86 cars and one with 93 cars. This was no small crash. A resulting fire took nearly seven hours to extinguish.

“We will be looking at train signal information,” said Michael Hiller, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. “We’re going to be looking at the train braking, the railroad track and the inspection information. We’ll be looking at train operations and how the crew operated the train.”

It’ll be interesting to see what the investigation concludes. Someone messed up their job here, or so it seems, and someone should be held accountable for the lives lost and the injuries sustained.


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