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Arkansas Train Collision Forces Evacuations

Two trains collided near Hoxie, Arkansas, at approximately 2:30 a.m. CDT, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, according to Arkansas State Police.

One of the two trains caught on fire. At least one of the trains was carrying hazardous materials. The number of casualties has not yet been confirmed.

Police in Lawrence County, Arkansas, were going door-to-door, evacuating residents, and closing roads in Hoxie and Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Officials have evacuated a one and a half square mile area in northeastern Arkansas. Highways 67 and 63 were closed in the area.

Weather did not appear to be a factor in the collision.

At the time of the incident, the sky was partly cloudy over the region and winds were light at observation sites in Walnut Ridge and Jonesboro, Arkansas. Very spotty thunderstorms were occurring over northeastern Arkansas during the early morning hours on Sunday.

Southwesterly winds averaging 6 to 12 mph are forecast for Sunday with temperatures climbing into the upper 80s.

Humidity levels will be high but typical for mid-August in Arkansas. There is the risk of spotty afternoon thunderstorms for recovery and cleanup operations.