- Associated Press - Saturday, June 3, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A National Transportation Board report says the same slick rails that stalled a sightseeing train in 2014 prevented an assist train from stopping before crashing into it.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2rwemvD ) a fall foliage sightseeing train of the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Co. lost traction near Brentwood in Washington County on its way from Springdale to Van Buren on Oct. 16, 2014. A train sent to help later hit the tourist train head-on.

All 39 passengers and four members of the trains’ crew were taken to area hospitals and medical centers for injuries, though none were life-threatening. The report says estimated damage was $178,500.

The NTSB report says the sightseeing train’s engineer reported stalling on track that was black and covered with crushed leafy organic material that reduces adhesion.

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

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