Passenger & Freight Train Wreck in Washington County

A freight train and passenger train were involved in an accident near the town of Brentwood in Washington County this morning.

The railroad website says that a passenger excursion was planned this morning, traveling from Springdale to Van Buren. According to passenger train operations manager for the Arkansas Missouri Railroad, Brenda Rouse, the train wreck is under investigation and offered no additional comment.

The wreck was confirmed by the Washington County Department of Emergency Management, and the Rogers Fire Department reported via Facebook that both a freight and passenger train were involved. Although it is not visible from the road due to the area woods, the wreck appears to have happened east of the highway.

Authorities including fire departments, Washington County Emergency Services, and the Fayetteville hazardous materials unit responded to the wreck this morning, blocking all traffic on Arkansas 71 south of West Fork.