PULASKI COUNTY (KATV) - A 9-year-old child is dead after the car he was in was struck by a moving train. Corey May, 38, and his three children were in a Chrysler 300 traveling on Highway 365 near Harper Road this morning.
Preliminary reports show that May could have been trying to outrun the train, although police are still looking into what exactly happened.
May is a reverend at Sweet Home First Baptist Church and his family is well-known throughout the community.
As they were crossing the train tracks, a Union Pacific locomotive hit their car on the driver side pushing it several yards down the tracks.
"My mom called me and said I couldn't understand what she said, I was just rushing down here, when I got down here I seen all the trains on the track I knew something bad had happened but I wasn't really sure," said the victims' cousin Belinda Henry.
May, his daughter and son were taken to the hospital, while his other son Floyd was dead when authorities arrived. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is heading this investigation and says the railroad crossing sign's lights and bell were working at the time.
"Typically in these cases it's usually going to be the car that tries to go across the tracks, the fact of the matter is, trains can't stop a dime even if the train sees something, somebody coming across the tracks, there's really no way for him to stop it takes probably minimum half a mile for even just a small train to stop," said Lt. Carl Minden, Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.
May could be facing charges including negligent homicide. Police are still looking at exactly what could have happened, they also plan on seeing if the Union Pacific train had a camera on the front of the train. Still no word May's or his two children's condition.