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Train hits 18-wheeler in Opelousas

Police say only minor injuries reported
Posted at 3:40 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 17:22:29-04

A train hit an 18-wheeler rig in Opelousas on Tuesday

Police say only minor injuries have been reported following the crash Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened on La. Highway 3043.

There will be several intersections closed while the accident is cleared: Rice Lane, Sapphire, Garland Avenue, Raymond Street and La. 3043.

The truck appears to be a dump truck. According to the markings on the cab, it is owned by Coastal Bridge Company in Baton Rouge.

The crossing gates and lights at the track appeared to be working.

Records with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicate the company has a "conditional" safety rating.

The records show that in the past two years, there have been 227 inspections and only 50 were without violations. The company also has reported eight crashes in the past two years.

The most recent inspection noted on the DOT site happened on August 30, and found the company's drivers had 19 unsafe driving violations. Ten of those violations were for not wearing a seat belt. Eight of the remaining violations were for speeding and one was for improper lane usage.

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