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Authorities investigating crash involving Amtrak train, 18-wheeler dump truck

Posted at 6:10 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 07:05:07-05

LAFAYETTE PARISH — UPDATE (8:45 p.m.): At least two people sustained injuries after a crash involving an Amtrak train at the rail crossing at Cameron Street and Hollier Road Tuesday evening.

Authorities responded around 5:40 p.m. to the scene, where they located an 18-wheeler dump truck in multiple parts east of the railroad crossing. The two passengers of the truck were sitting near the tracks with minor to moderate injuries. They were both alert. The Amtrak passenger train was stopped a quarter of a mile down the tracks.

The two passengers of the truck were transported to a local hospital; the extent of their injuries is unknown, but one was treated for a laceration, authorities say. At least one passenger on the train was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Duson firefighters and Lafayette Haz-Mat were able to safely mitigate the fluid and diesel spill from the 18-wheeler dump truck.

Officials with Amtrak say that 27 passengers and 8 crew members were on the train traveling to Lafayette from Lake Charles. One of the locomotives sustained damage and was towed to the railyard in Lafayette. The second engine would transport the passenger cars to Lafayette.

First responders are still on the scene.

First responders from Lafayette Fire Department Haz-Mat, Lafayette Parish Sheriff Department, Acadian Ambulance, and Louisiana State Police responded to the scene. BNSF Railway officials also arrived on scene to conduct an inspection of the tracks.

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