Fatality involving train in Paragould

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PARAGOULD, Ark. – A tragic incident took the life of a 38 year old in Paragould this weekend.

Saturday night, November 9th, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Paragould Emergency Services received a call from Union Pacific Railroad employees advising of a train versus pedestrian collision.

Patrol officers, members of the Paragould Fire Department, and Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Ambulance personnel arrived shortly after the call, a release said. Upon arrival, it was learned that a southbound Union Pacific train encountered a subject on the tracks just south of the Baldwin St crossing. Attempts by the train crew to warn the subject prior to a collision were unsuccessful.

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Benny Britt, age 38 of Greene County, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Greene County Coroner Dick Pace. LT Thomas with the police department’s criminal division also responded to the scene.

At this time, no foul play is suspected.

As this incident is still under investigation, no other information will be released at this time, PPD said.

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