The driver of a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck killed in an early morning train collision has been identified as 46-year-old Albert J. Gornatti Jr. of Little Rock, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
The deadly collision occurred just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning on a stretch of railroad tracks at the intersection of Arkansas 79 North/Jeter Road between Wabbaseka and Humphrey. Sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded to the scene of the crash, where they found Gornatti’s badly mangled pickup truck still positioned on the railroad track approximately 1,883 feet from the point of impact.
Gornatti, who was determined by sheriff’s investigators not to have been wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was found unresponsive and seated in the driver’s seat of his truck. Alcohol was a likely factor in the deadly collision, authorities said.
Gornatti was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.