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Driver killed after not moving from tracks as train approached

3 years 5 months 1 week ago June 26, 2013 Jun 26, 2013 Wednesday, June 26 2013 June 26, 2013 4:42 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

CADE- One person died in a fiery crash with an Amtrak train near Lafayette Wednesday afternoon.

The van and train collided at the corner of La. Hwy. 182 and 92 as the locomotive was pulling the Sunset Limited from New Iberia toward Lafayette, with a final destination of Los Angeles. The train left New Orleans about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

State Police said the driver of the van, a woman who has not been identified, was stopped on the tracks when the crossing gates were activated by the approaching train.

KATC TV reports there was minor damage to the train, but not enough to cancel the trip. Eventually, the train will continue its course to the West Coast.

None of the 125 passengers were injured, although a train employee was hurt getting off the train.

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