Little Rock police say a Port Authority worker who was riding on the back of a train was killed when it crashed with an 18-wheeler Thursday morning.
The collision happened about 9:30 a.m. in the 8200 block of Frazier Pike Road in east Little Rock.
Officer Steve Moore said the train was backing up when it hit the truck. Two Little Rock Port Authority workers were riding on the back of the train and jumped off in opposite directions when the wreck occurred, police said. A 62-year-old man was crushed when the train fell off the tracks.
“A longtime Little Rock Port Authority Railroad employee has died as a result of the accident,” the agency’s executive director, Bryan Day, said in a statement. “Our hearts and prayers are with all of those involved in the accident, as well as our colleague and his family.”
Day added that local and federal officials responded to the crash and will conduct a full investigation.
A crane was to remove the wreckage Thursday morning.
At least 215 people have died in crashes on state roads this year, according to preliminary state police data.
Read Friday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.