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Freight trains collide in Hoxie, killing two

Posted: August 18, 2014 at 3:31 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MELISSA SUE GERRITS - 08/17/2014 - Workers respond to the aftermath of a 3am head on collision of 2 Union Pacific trains outside of Hoxie in Lawrence County August 17, 2014. 2 individuals were killed and 2 reported injured all believed to be among the crews onboard the freight trains. Due to toxic chemical cargo, some members of Hoxie were evacuated and directed to the Walnut Ridge community center. All highways leading into Hoxie were blocked by Arkansas State Police and local law enforcement personnel, directing individuals to Hwy. 91 East of Hoxie.

HOXIE -- Two Union Pacific freight trains collided in Hoxie early Sunday morning, killing two crew members, injuring two others and forcing the evacuation of more than 300 people in the Lawrence County town.

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