Developing: 1 dead in Amite passenger train crash
AMITE - An Amtrack passenger train collided with a vehicle Sunday, killing the vehicle's driver, according to Amite Fire Chief Bruce Cutrer.
The crash happened on the Hwy. 51 tracks on Pope Lane at about 1:30 p.m.
More than 170 passengers were evacuated and taken to the Greater Refuge Temple Ministries while crews worked on the scene.
Two of the train passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries. The crew was not injured.
The identity of the deceased driver hasn't been released. It's not clear why the vehicle was on the tracks.
According to authorities, the train was headed to New Orleans from Chicago.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Lawmakers prepare for third special session this year
Parkview Baptist teen preps for national rodeo
Dangerous hole in Zachary neighborhood posing serious threat, residents concerned
Power restored after storms pound East Baton Rouge again Friday
Mayor-president pushing for new sales tax to improve East Baton Rouge traffic
Temeka Johnson basketball camp about more than the game
Saints looking to fill backfield void during Ingram's 4-game absence
Saints RB Mark Ingram says he's 'not angry' with his contract
Sean Payton's coaching style propels him into 13th year with Saints
New coach excited to change basketball culture at Southern