Train accident in Laplace causes derailment

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 16, 2010


LAPLACE – Three people were hospitalized with “non-life threatening” injuries Friday morning after a train locomotive collided with an 18-wheeler at a LaPlace railroad crossing.

Very few details were made available Friday morning. Authorities with Canadian National, which owns the locomotive, and State Police Troop B are still conducting an investigation into what happened.

According to a release from Canadian National, the accident occurred at about 7:15 a.m. at a railroad crossing on Louisiana Highway 3217. A single locomotive or “light engine” collided with 18-wheeler as the truck was crossing the intersection.

Two crewmembers aboard the locomotive and the driver of the 18-wheeler were taken to the hospital with injuries.

According to a release from the State Department of Transportation and Development, Louisiana 3217 is shut down in both directions at the railroad crossing as a result of the accident. Scott Boyle, a traffic operations engineer for DOTD, said the intersection is expected to remain closed through Tuesday as crews work to repair damage to the road and rail line. He said drivers should use Louisiana Highway 44 (River Road) or Louisiana highway 628 as an alternate route.