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ATKINS, AR. — According to Pope County Sheriff, Aaron Duvall, a woman was killed when a Union Pacific train struck her Ford Explorer in Atkins, Arkansas on Monday afternoon, May 28.

South facing view of the Avenue Four rail crossing just south of Main Street (State Highway 64) in Atkins, AR where 26 year-old Nicki Settlemire was killed when her SUV collided with a Union Pacific train.

The accident occurred at about 2 p.m. at an intersection on the east side of Atkins. The victim was identified as 26-year-old Nicki Settlemire of Atkins. The Union Pacific train was traveling east and struck the 1998 Ford explorer, which was traveling west on State Highway 64 and turned south on Avenue Four Southeast at the railroad crossing.

Map showing location of fatal crash with Union Pacific train at the Avenue Four rail crossing just south of State Highway 64 in Atkins, AR at on May 28, 2012.

Duvall said that Settlemire died from injuries she received in the accident.

Settlemire was transported by Pope County EMS to Saint Mary’s Regional Center, according to Duvall at about 5 p.m. Monday. He didn’t have information about where and when Settlemire died, nor did he have any further information about the accident.

The incident remains under investigation at this time by the Atkins Police Department.

Union Pacific Railroad is conducting their own investigation.


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