(Rector, Arkansas – October 2, 2015)
A 76-year-old Rector, AR resident who probably neither heard nor saw an oncoming southbound Union Pacific freight train, one of 10 UPRR freights which cross a dangerous and unguarded private intersection on the edge of the Clay County town of Rector, AR at a maximum allowable speed of 70 mph, died at about 12:18 P.M., CDT when the 2015 Kia Sorento SUV was destroyed by the train at the tree and vegetation-obscured crossing.
Hershel Horner was crossing UP tracks on the extension of County Highway 505 which, once it crosses U.S. Highway 49, which parallels the railroad tracks, becomes what the Federal Railroad Administration’s railroad crossing inventory categories as “private.”
The victim, a widower, leaves, among many relatives and friends, a daughter (Tonoa Horner Whisel (David) of Springdale, AR, two grandchildren, three brothers and three sisters. He was an active member of the Baptist Church and a volunteer for both the American Red Cross and the Clay County Food Bank.