Tragic accident claims life of Rector teenager
The Rector and Piggott communities are in mourning following the tragic death Wednesday morning, April 6, of a Rector teen.
Kayley Dare Bell, 17, was killed when her 1999 Pontiac Firebird was struck by a Union Pacific train while traveling along County Road 481 near Rector.
According to an Arkansas State Police report of the crash, Bell was traveling north along the gravel road at approximately 8:15 a.m. when the rear of her car was clipped by the oncoming train. The impact spun the vehicle, resulting in Bell being ejected from the car.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The railroad crossing where the accident took place has been the site of other fatalities and is noted for its absence of protective gates, flashing lights or bells, which are the most recognized alerts used to warn of a train's approach.
The ASP report indicated a seatbelt was not in use at the time of the accident.
Bell was reported to have been on her way to an area nearby used by the Rector Future Farmers of America to house the group's show animals. It is believed she had plans to feed and care for her goats the morning of the accident.
The loss has taken a heavy toll on Bell's family and many friends in the community. A special visitation was held Friday evening at the RHS gymnasium with many mourners in attendance. Funeral services were held at the gymnasium Saturday morning.