There is little information at this time regarding a reported train derailment and explosion in Northwest Arkansas. Authorities are telling news agencies in the area that emergency crews are responding and injuries are being reported.
There have been 24 accidents involving trains in the Unites States and Canada in 2014. Questions continually arise regarding our aging rail system and the necessary maintenance to modernize their infrastructure.
In 2010 there were over 500 derailments alone. Some of these incidents are attributed to human error, but after investigation the majority were the result of an ever-aging rail system.
By James Turnage