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Ark. woman sentenced for deadly 2016 wreck involving train

October 3, 2018

MALVERN, Ark. (AP) — A 31-year-old Arkansas woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for driving her SUV onto railroad tracks where it was struck by a train, causing the death of her son and injuries to three other children.

Prosecuting attorney Teresa Howell told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Sara Rae Morris of Hot Springs pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges of manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a minor. Four years of her sentence were suspended.

Prosecutors say Morris tested positive for oxycodone, methamphetamine and other drugs following the 2016 wreck in Hot Spring County.

Video from the Union Pacific train showed the SUV had stopped momentarily before the railroad tracks and then accelerated onto the tracks as the train neared.

None of the children were wearing seat belts, but Morris was.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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