UPDATE: The injured minor died at a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.
A woman and two minors were killed and another was injured Friday when a Union Pacific train collided with the woman’s 1997 Econoline van near Dermott, according to a preliminary State Police report. The report was later updated to report that the injured minor died at a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.
The woman was identified as Beverly Cater, 39. She was a resident of Dermott, according to the State Police report. The names and ages of the minors were not disclosed.
The State Police report indicated that the accident occurred on the Old Masonville Road, north of Dermott, while a Union Pacific spokesman described the location of the accident as “along the McGehee Subdivision in Dermott.”
Justin E. Jacobs, director of corporate relations and media for the Union Pacific Railroad’s western region, told Seark Today Friday night that the accident occurred Friday around 6 p.m. He said two people were killed and two were injured. (The two injured individuals Jacobs was referring to died.)
“Two individuals sustained fatal injuries and two individuals were transported to a local hospital,” Jacobs said. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased.”
The cause of the incident is currently under investigation, Jacobs said.
“Our locomotive engineer and conductor were immediately put in touch with peer counselors who are also locomotive engineers and conductors as part of our ‘Peer Support’ program,” Jacobs said. “The safety message here is that motorists need to be very aware of the hazards associated with trains and should never be on the train tracks or attempt to cross the tracks without following the proper signs.”