Jesse Evans, Editor | Hempstead Herald

UPDATED 4-27-2017 @ 3:08 p.m.: PRESCOTT, AR – A Prescott man died of his injuries after being hit by a train in Prescott at approximately 8:28 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to Prescott Police Chief Joey Beavers, Stanley Joe Johnson, 60, was walking east along a common path for foot traffic when he attempted to beat a northbound train across the tracks at East Garland St. and East 1st St. North. The Union Pacific train struck Johnson, knocking him into the bushes along the track about twenty feet away on the east side of the tracks. The train came to a stop just north of Wildcat Road. According to a release from Chief Beavers, the train’s horn was activated at the time Johnson was struck and throughout the previous crossings.

The Prescott Police Department, Union Pacific Railroad Investigators, Arkansas State Police and Nevada County EMS responded to the scene.

Nevada County EMS tended to the man on scene and transported Johnson to the Prescott Industrial Park to meet a helicopter from LifeNet EMS. The helicopter was a few minutes out when the Nevada County medic notified them Johnson’s condition would likely require he be transported by ground to the nearest emergency room. The air crew went ahead and landed to assist. Nevada County transported Johnson to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope where, according to Chief Beavers, he died from his injuries. Johnson was declared deceased by Hempstead County Coroner Ben Brazzel.

According to Chief Beavers, Johnson’s body has been sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office.

The incident is under investigation at this time by the Prescott Police Department and Union Pacific Railroad investigators.

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