2 trains collide in Keithville, 4 injured
KEITHVILLE - Caddo Parish sheriff's deputies say two trains collided south of Shreveport, derailing several cars and injuring four crew members.
Sheriff's office spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick says crewman James R. Reedmond was in stable condition at University Hospital and three other men suffered minor injuries. She says Reedmond's injury is not life threatening.
Chadwick says a southbound Union Pacific train on the main track was diverted onto a side track about 6:40 a.m. Monday and ran into a parked coal train owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
Chadwick says several empty coal cars derailed. One Union Pacific container car broke. Chadwick says it held polyurethane insulation pellets, which are non-toxic.
The intersection of Old Mansfield Road and Keithville-Springridge Road reopened Monday afternoon after crews cleaned up the wreckage.