According to Joe Faust, a spokesperson for the railroad from Fort Worth, Texas, on June 3 at 3:30 a.m., a BNSF train traveling from Birmingham, Ala., to Richmond, Calif., collided with another BNSF train traveling from Memphis to Kansas City.
Faust said 18 cars derailed but no injuries were reported. He said a small amount of nitrous fertilizer, in pellet form, spilled from one of the tankers but did not go into Spring Lake located at the park. At least one car, possibly two, did go into the lake, but they were empty, according to Faust.
"We contract with two heavy equipment companies out of Memphis, Hulcher and Coman, that will be helping remove the derailed cars from the area," Faust said.
According to Faust, the Birmingham to Richmond train, with no one on board, collided with the other train carrying two crew members.
Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis said he received a call around 3:30 a.m., Tuesday, from an employee at Flash Market located on the Missouri, Arkansas stateline, that employees had heard a loud noise which they thought came from a location near the park.
He said when he arrived at the collision site an ambulance was called and the two crew members were checked-out by paramedics on scene.
Davis said it appeared that one of the trains was hauling some type of livestock grain or feed.
The Arkansas State Police, Thayer Emergency Management Director Mark Arnold, West Plains, Thayer and Mammoth Spring firefighters, members of the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and the Fulton County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator, as well as the Hazmat team from West Plains, all responded to the collision.
On May 6, a southbound BNSF train derailed just south of Mammoth Spring under the Highway 63 overpass. Fourteen cars derailed. BNSF has not yet released a reason why the accident occurred. No one was injured in that derailment.
Mammoth Spring State Park Superintendent Dave Jackson said the park was closed all day June 3. An employee at the park said Tuesday they had not yet been told if the park would be closed longer.