One Dead After Struck by Train; Thrown 30 Feet into River


CLARKSVILLE, AR -- A man was killed after being struck by a train engine on a trestle West of Spadra Park this afternoon.

The unknown male is believed to be between 45-55 years of age. He was on the trestle over the Arkansas River backwater when the train engine struck him around 3 p.m., according to police reports. 
He was thrown from the trestle, which did not have side rails, about 30 feet into the water.

Witnesses called 911 and stayed near the scene until police arrived.

Units from the Sheriff's Office, Clarksville Police Department, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Union Pacific Police all responded.

The Johnson County Dive Team was called and after searching for about 10 minutes, they were able to locate the body in 13 feet of water.

Johnson County Coroner, Dave Cogan, pronounced the subject dead at the scene.
The body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for a autopsy and to determine identity.

We will keep you updated on this story as more information becomes available. 

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