Two Arkansas teens were killed on Saturday train Authorities said they were walking on the tracks near a park when they were hit.
The Cabot Police Department responded to a call around 7:30 p.m. local time after a strike indicator on the Union Pacific train was triggered, causing it to stop.
When the police searched the area, a teenager was found lying on the side of the track. The police department told USA TODAY that a second teen was found under the train.
Police have identified them as Liam Harrison and Charlie Elliott, both 16.
According to police, an eyewitness said the teens saw a southbound train, so they moved onto the northbound track, but there was also a northbound train coming.
“There are no designated railway crossings in this area,” the police said.
Train Accidents: Deaths and Injuries Per Year
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, four people are expected to die and 19 are injured by trains in 2023. According to the FRA, all four deaths were due to highway-rail collisions.
here are the numbers Train deaths and injuries by yearAs per FRA:
- 2023: 4 killed, 19 injured
- 2022: 55 killed, 247 injured
- 2021: 43 killed, 240 injured
- 2020: 39 killed, 194 injured
- 2019: 63 killed, 260 injured
According to operation lifesaverAn organization that promotes rail safety, trains are quieter and faster than most people think.
“Trains may run on any track, at any time, from any direction and do not run on schedule,” the organization said on its website.
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