Arkansas Transportation

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9:41 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Cleanup Continues At Site Of Arkansas Train Crash

Highway crews say cleanup operations at the site of a head-on train collision in northeastern Arkansas could keep a busy roadway closed into next week.

Two Union Pacific freight trains crashed Sunday morning near Hoxie. Two railroad workers died and another two were injured.

The accident occurred near U.S. 67, which remained closed Wednesday. Highway officials say the road could reopen this weekend, but with a chance it could be closed until Monday.

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8:47 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Little Rock Port Authority Opens Resource Center

The Arkansas River Resource Center
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The construction of a new 2.1 million dollar Arkansas River Resource Center is heralding future economic development opportunities for the Port of Little Rock, according to city and federal officials. As KUAR’s Chris Hickey reports, the center’s presence is just one piece of a site that has become an economic engine for Central Arkansas.

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5:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Cleanup Continues At Site Of Fatal Arkansas Train Crash

NTSB Investigator Mike Flanigon removes the event recorder from one of the locomotives involved in Sunday's crash.
Credit NTSB

Highway crews say cleanup operations at the site of a head-on train collision in northeastern Arkansas could keep a busy roadway closed into next week.

Two Union Pacific freight trains crashed Sunday morning near Hoxie. Two railroad workers died and another two were injured.

The accident occurred near U.S. 67, which remained closed Wednesday. Highway officials say the road could reopen this weekend, but with a chance it could be closed until Monday.

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8:53 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Crash Wiped Out Signal That Could Hold Clues

The National Transportation Safety Board says a trackside signal that could hold clues to a fatal head-on train collision in Arkansas was damaged in the crash but that investigators still hope to recover its data.

NTSB investigator Michael Hiller said Tuesday a southbound train was told to slow down as a northbound train approached a parallel track. He said it should have been directed to stop at the next signal, but that signal was mangled during the accident.

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4:26 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

NTSB: Southbound Train Told To Slow Before Fatal Crash In NE Arkansas

The National Transportation Safety Board says a southbound Union Pacific train was given signals to slow down and wait for an oncoming train to move onto another track moments before the two trains collided in northeast Arkansas.

Two crew members on the southbound train died in the collision Sunday near Hoxie, while two others on the northbound train were injured.

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2:33 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Proposes Renovations

The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport announced a $20.5 million concourse renovation plan Tuesday. The proposal includes a modernized interior, additional gate seating with chargers for portable devices, new jet bridges and new arrival and departure monitors.

According to Ronald Mathieu, Executive Director of the Clinton National Airport, ridership was down five percent last year. He said interior improvements will be good for business.

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3:10 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Railroad Workers Killed In Sunday's Head-On Collision Identified

NTSB Investigator Mike Flanigon removes the event recorder from one of the locomotives involved in Sunday's crash.
Credit NTSB

The two Union Pacific crew members who were killed after two freight trains collided head on early Sunday have been identified.

Railroad spokesman Jeff DeGraff says engineer Chance Gober of White Hall, Arkansas, and conductor Roderick Hayes, of McKinney, Texas, died in the crash. DeGraff says both were in the train traveling southbound and died of their injuries. DeGraff says two other employees were injured.

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12:51 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Two Killed When Freight Trains Collide In Northeast Arkansas

An image from an overpass of the fire caused when two freight trains collided.
Credit Darrell Nicholas

Authorities say two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two were injured when two freight trains collided in northeast Arkansas. Arkansas State Police said in a statement they were called to the site about 3 a.m. Sunday in Hoxie.

Union Pacific spokesman Brandon Morris says two cars caught fire, one carrying diesel and one carrying an alcoholic beverage. He says the fire was out about 10 a.m.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Kendell Snyder said no health hazards had been detected from the fire.

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5:27 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Report Finds Arkansas With Low Rate For Cycling And Walking To Work

A bicyclist in Little Rock.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A new report says central Arkansas has one of the lowest rates in the country for people who walk or ride a bicycle to work.

Metroplan released its 2014 Demographic Review and Outlook Tuesday, analyzing demographic and workforce trends. The full report can be viewed here

Jonathan Lupton, research planner for Metroplan, says only 1.3 percent of commuters pedal or walk to their jobs.

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10:38 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Meetings To Discuss Ways To Remedy I-30 Traffic Congestion In Central Arkansas

State highway officials will begin holding public meetings on how to improve Interstate 30 in central Arkansas.

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