Chief: Alma Man Loses Leg After Being Hit By Train In Van Buren Overnight
VAN BUREN (KFSM) — A 32-year-old man is severely injured after accidentally being hit by a train overnight in Van Buren, according to Chief Ron Sparks with the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad.
Chief Sparks said the victim, Dustin Limbocker from Alma, was trespassing on the train tracks, located in the downtown area, around 2:25 a.m. Friday morning (Jan. 22) when he was struck by the train.
Limbocker’s leg was severed below the knee by the train, according to Chief Sparks.
Two train conductors, one from Union Pacific Railroad and another from Arkansas Missouri Railroad, both rendered first aid on scene until medics arrived, Chief Sparks said. The Limbocker was then taken to Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith, where he is in ICU in stable condition.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family,” Chief Sparks said.
Both the Union Pacific Railroad and Arkansas Missouri Railroad are continuing a joint investigation into the accident. Both train conductors involved are off duty for the rest of the day, according to Chief Sparks. They were each near the end of their shifts when the accident happened.
Chief Sparks also wanted to remind the public that trespassing on the trains tracks is both illegal and unsafe.