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Highway Patrol warns public to stay away from railroad tracks

Saturday, June 9, 2012

POPLAR BLUFF -- A fatal train wreck in southeast Missouri offers a stark warning about dangers around tracks, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Two Poplar Bluff teenagers died and a third was badly hurt when a train struck their vehicle at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday. It was a crash which was avoidable, said Trooper Clark D. Parrott in a new release.

Butler County Coroner Jim Akers said the teens were playing a game called "Ghost Train," in which a car is parked on the tracks, purportedly awaiting the arrival of a "ghost train" involved in a fatal derailment many years ago. Occupants let the windows fog up. If a train approaches, they drive off.

But Akers said that as the Amtrak train neared the vehicle, it wouldn't start.

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