Train Hits Tractor Trailer Rig, Driver Jumps Clear

Feb 14th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Top Story

No injuries but train wreck closes two railroad crossings for around four hours

BY LEE “CAT” McLANE

Editor/Publisher

A tractor trailer rig was struck around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning at the Cypress Street railroad crossing in downtown Beebe. The driver, Mark Martin, was attempting to cross the tracks when his trailer got stuck. He called the Beebe Police, according to Cpt. Eddie Cullum, and the police contacted the northbound Union Pacific train that was headed toward that crossing but the train was not able to stop in time. Driver Mark Martin jumped from the truck before it was struck by the train. A crane which the trailer was carrying was flung off the trailer and it struck  a portion of the fence surrounding the Beebe Depot building as well as a portion of the train. The crane began leaking fuel after the accident but no fires or explosions resulted. Several people from Union Pacific came to the site with equipment to lift the crane from the railroad track area.

No one was hurt in the incident. The truck was from Highlines Construction Company out of Ruston, LA.

The crossings at Cypress St. and Main St. were closed for about four hours.