Two Altheimer women were killed Thursday afternoon in Wabbaseka after the car they were riding in was struck by a Union Pacific train.
According to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Shamari Cole-Cox, 27, and Talisa Cannon, 28, were passengers in a Chevrolet Cruze driven by 31-year-old Genesis Dendy, also of Altheimer, when it was struck by the train.
Dendy was airlifted to Baptist Health Center in Little Rock shortly after the incident, the news release said. She is listed in critical condition.
The initial point of impact between the vehicle and train occurred at the intersection of Garrett Road east of U.S. 79 North, according to the news release. From the initial point of impact, the train forced the vehicle approximately 1,537 feet south along the railroad tracks to a location around 30 yards southeast of the railroad crossing at Paw-Paw Road on the east side of the tracks.
At the time of the collision, the 6,735-foot-long train, powered by two locomotives, was hauling 110 railroad cars, 42 of which were loaded.