A 30-year-old Arkansas woman was struck by a train south of Camden on Wednesday afternoon and later airlifted to Little Rock, officials said.
Firefighters received a call about the collision, which occurred near the intersection of Arkansas 376 and Old Wire Road, at about 1 p.m., Camden Fire Chief Robert Medford said. The Ouachita County sheriff’s office identified the woman as Jennifer Eltabbakh of Camden.
The severity of the woman's injuries prompted responders to airlift her to Little Rock for treatment, Ouachita County Medical Center CEO Peggy Abbott, said.
Eltabbakh's condition wasn't immediately known hours after the collision. The sheriff’s office didn’t say why Eltabbakh was on the tracks.
Authorities said the Union Pacific Railroad Police Department was investigating.
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One man is recovering after being rescued from a Minnow Creek in Johnson County.
The Johnson County dive team captain says they don't know for sure if wet and slippery conditions played a factor in the accident, but they say this is a good reminder to slow down during bad weather.
It happened Monday around 11:30 a.m. on Highway 123 about two miles north of Highway 164.
Fire officials say a truck driver told a neighbor about the car in the water, that man then drove a tractor over and hooked a chain up onto the vehicle and tried to pull it out of the water. The driver was able to kick out a window and crawl out of his car to safety.
The dive team captain, Darrell Plank, says this could have ended a lot differently if the neighbor hadn't stepped in to help.
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Work is getting serious on the new fire station.
A crew from MTA Engineers of Little Rock has been taking soil samples at the site, west of the west end of Morgan Street on Highway 49, to test soil strength.
According to Mizan Raman, president and CEO of Little Rock-based ETC Engineers and Architects, the actual design of the building has already been in the works for the last three months.
"We stared with user [i.e. Fire Department] input," he said, "based on user need, for what they will want now and in the future."
Having received the input, Raman said, ETC has now finished its last revisions.
"The users have looked at the floor plan," he said, "and are satisfied that they have gotten what they want. So now we will do the soil analysis, heating and ventilation requirements, and we are now in full design mode."
Paragould Fire Chief Kevin Lang said the department is still "tweaking" the interior. The building is to have five drive-through bays for fire engines, plus one smaller bay for trailers.
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The city is inviting the public to attend a groundbreaking for fire station No. 7 at 2 p.m. Feb. 22. It will have one wash and three apparatus bays. It will include living quarters for six firefighters and a battalion chief and a substation office for the Police Department.
Jackson Brown Palculict of Little Rock designed the building. Clinard Construction Management of Bentonville is the construction manager.
The building is expected to be completed in the fall and cost about $2.5 million.
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