1 person dead in train, 18-wheeler collision

Authorities tell KATV it occurred in the 8200 block of Frazier Pike. (KATV Photo)

One person is dead after a train hit an 18-wheeler in Little Rock on Thursday morning, according to police.

Officer Steve Moore tells KATV the accident occurred in the 8200 block of Frazier Pike around 9:30 a.m..

Moore says the train was going backward on the tracks when it collided with the 18-wheeler headed westbound on Frazier.

At the time of the collision, officials say two Port Authority employees were riding on the back of the train as spotters, one on either side. When they realized the 18-wheeler was not stopping, they both jumped from the train.

According to LRPD, the train was pushed off the tracks in the collision, causing it to fall on top of one of the employees.

The employee, identified by police as a 61-year-old white male, was pronounced dead on scene.

The Little Rock Port Authority's executive director, Bryan Day, said the victim was longtime employee.

"There was an accident today within the Port of Little Rock involving a vehicle and the Little Rock Port Authority Railroad," Day stated. "A longtime Little Rock Port Authority Railroad employee has died as a result of the accident. Local and federal officials are responding to the accident and will conduct a full investigation. Our hearts and prayers are with all of those involved in the accident as well as our colleague and his family."

No one else was injured at the time of the accident.

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