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Deadly NE Arkansas Train Collision Prompts Evacuations

Two people have died following a late-night train accident in the northeastern part of the state.
 (Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)
(Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)
Update:

HOXIE, AR -- From Arkansas State Police:

All roadblocks in and around Hoxie have been removed with the exception of Highway 67 south of Highway 63 and Highway 67 at the intersection with Highway 230. 

Roadblocks at these two locations will remain active for up to three days while railroad crews remove wreckage.
 
Highway 91 remains open as an alternate route for motorists traveling to Walnut Ridge and the Hoxie area.
 
Most of the evacuees removed from their homes earlier today have been allowed to return.

Original Story:

HOXIE, AR -- Two people are dead and two others injured following a late-night train collision in the northeast Arkansas town of Hoxie, according to Arkansas State Police.

The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning sending smoke pouring into the sky. Amid fear some of the material on the train cars could be hazardous, law enforcement evacuated some residents in the southern part of town. Officials with Union Pacific Railroad report both trains involved had toxic chemical cargo.

Hoxie is roughly 28 miles northwest of Jonesboro. It's immediately south of Walnut Ridge in Lawrence County and has about 2,700 residents.

Motorists traveling along U.S. 67 through Lawrence County should anticipate a detour onto Highway 91 east of Hoxie, according to Arkansas State Police. All highways leading into Hoxie are now blocked by Arkansas State Police and local law enforcement personnel.

According to Imboden Live, the Walnut Ridge Community Center was opened up to take in the evacuees from Hoxie.  The Red Cross was also responding to the area.

You can view more images from the scene by clicking on the video below:

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