NTSB: Southbound train told to slow before crash

HOXIE, Ark. (AP) - 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 people on the southbound train died in the collision Sunday in Hoxie, while two people on the northbound train were injured. At a briefing Monday night, NTSB investigator Michael Hiller said the southbound train was signaled to wait for the northbound train to move onto an unoccupied track. Hiller says the southbound train did not stop and the two trains collided.

Hiller's comments were reported by Jonesboro television station KAIT.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation and recorders from both trains are being analyzed.

Information from: KAIT-TV,

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