Train Kills Two People in Separate Crossing Accidents
Feb. 25, 1994
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Two men at separate railroad crossings were killed by the same freight train on the same day.
The Southern Pacific train first collided with a pickup truck at a crossing in Pine Bluff shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday, killing James Edward Dallari, 43. After a 90-minute delay, the train took off with a new engineer at the controls. Less than five hours later and just 50 miles down the tracks, the train struck a car at another crossing, killing Roderick Miguel Daniels, 21.
Dallari's truck stopped too close to the tracks at a crossing where there is no crossing gate, said Lt. Boe Fontaine, spokesman for the Jefferson County sheriff's office. The train struck the driver's side of the truck.
It was not clear how the train hit Daniels' car. That crossing, in Bearden, also had no gate.
''It was not a good day for that train,'' said Mike Furtney, a Southern Pacific Railroad spokesman in San Francisco. ''The weather was clear in both cases. You'd think somebody could see a train coming.''