No one was injured Saturday morning when a semi, stuck on the tracks, was hit by a train in Emmet.
Ray Johnson, of Washington, AR, was crossing the tracks on Highway 299 at the intersection with Highway 67 East in Emmet at about 10:40 a.m. when, according to Johnson, the landing gear of the trailer he was hauling for PNK Inc., out of Emmet, got caught and became stuck on the railroad tracks. Johnson told law enforcement that he attempted to get the truck free but couldn’t get it to move.
The crew of a Union Pacific train traveling east spotted the truck on the tracks and attempted to stop. One crew member said they did not have enough track to stop and saw Johnson flee from the truck as they braced for the impact. They said they were able to slow down faster due to the cars they were pulling being empty at the time.
The train impacted the rear half of the trailer, tearing a large portion off and knocking the trailer around off the tracks. The trailer was loaded with bread, which was strewn from the trailer and into the ditch.
The Arkansas State Police, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Highway Police, Perrytown Fire Department and Emmet Fire Department responded to the scene. Railroad Investigators and Arkansas State Police are investigating the incident.