Posted: Sep 10, 2010 11:14 AM by Kate Mundy
Updated: Sep 10, 2010 3:20 PM
An AmTrak train and 18-wheeler carrying grain have collided near Crowley. It happened on the tracks near American Legion Drive and US Hwy 90 in Acadia Parish. At least three people are injured. The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office told KATC that the grain truck was crossing the tracks when the train hit it. KATC's Shawn Kline is at the scene. He'll have reports tonight at 5:00 and 6:00 on KATC TV3.
CROWLEY, La. (AP) - Authorities say an Amtrak train crashed into
a tractor-trailer rig near Crowley on Friday, sending 14 people to
area hospitals with minor injuries.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the Sunset Limited - en
route from Los Angeles to New Orleans - hit a grain trailer that
had failed to clear the tracks about 11:30 a.m.
Acadia Parish sheriff's spokeswoman Maxine Trahan says 11
passengers, two engineers and a conductor were treated for
injuries. The driver of the rig was not hurt.
Magliari says there were 96 passengers and 10 crewmembers
Trahan says the driver told investigators that he looked both
ways at the crossing - equipped with a warning sign - and did not
see a train. The truck was en route to a nearby rice mill.
After a delay, the train resumed its trip.