Posted: Oct 17, 2011 5:37 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Oct 17, 2011 7:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- More than a dozen people in Louisiana died last year in train versus car collisions. The state ranks 4th in fatal railroad crossing crashes.
The latest fatal crash happened over the weekend on Scenic Highway north of Thomas Road in Baker.
Thomas Hall, a former Southern University strength and conditioning coach, died in the crash.
Investigators say Hall either tried to beat the engine or didn't notice it approaching. Louisiana State Police say the bells and lights at the railroad crossing were working properly.
"It's very difficult to gauge the speed of an oncoming train because of the size because it's on tracks, it's not moving from side to side, it looks like it's going much slower than it is most of the time," Trooper Russell Graham said.
The crash is still under investigation. State police do not believe alcohol was a factor, but a sample of Hall's blood was sent to the crime lab for chemical analysis.
Hall's visitation is Friday from 2-8 p.m. at Beech Grove Baptist Church. His funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Southern University Mini Dome.