Monette man injured at infamous crossing

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Arkansas State Police trooper Terry Burdin (left) and Clay County deputy sheriff Chad Couch talk Tuesday morning at the scene of a pickup truck/train collision which injured Jan Roddy of Monette.

A Monette man was injured Tuesday morning, April 26, when his pickup truck was struck by a southbound Union Pacific train at a crossing on County Road 481 near Rector, the site of an April 6 accident which took the life of Rector teen Kayley Bell.

Emergency personnel were notified of the accident at 10:30 a.m. by the vehicle's On Star system, and when they arrived, Jan Roddy, said to be in his mid-30's, was conscious and able to talk with law enforcement officers and emergency response team members.

He was transported by the Rector ambulance service to the Rector airport, where he was airlifted to The Med in Memphis. Those at the scene said Roddy had head injuries, cuts and bruises, but seemed alert. He told officers at the scene he was talking on his cell phone and not paying enough attention when he approached the railroad crossing.

The train struck the rear of the 2011 GMC pickup, pushing it off the track. Roddy was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown into the floorboard of the truck.

Working the accident were Arkansas State Police trooper Terry Burdin and Clay County Deputy Sheriff Chad Couch.

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  • This is not a tragedy waiting to happen because it already has. How many innocents must die before the Union Pacific and the state stop arguing about "pre-emption" in the placement of crossing protection at death traps like this one? This was almost two deaths in LESS than three weeks, and it is inexcuseable conduct!

    -- Posted by railfan on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 3:51 PM
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