Highway opens after train, semi collision
AMITE - Highway 51 between the parish seat of Tangipahoa and Independence opened late Monday, six hours after it was closed when a train and an 18-wheeler collided at a crossing.
The southbound Amtrak train from Chicago smashed in to what appeared to be a dump truck at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. The collision happened at the Diamond B Construction crossing.
Investigators believe the truck driver neglected to yield at the crossing, causing the train to strike it directly in the driver's side door. The driver was ejected. He's reported to be in stable condition at an area hospital.
None of the train's 193 passengers reported injuries. They were put on four charter buses for transport to New Orleans.
An Amtrak spokesman wasn't immediately available for comment.
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