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Amtrak train hits car, killing driver, in La.

Posted: June 26, 2013 3:00 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2013 3:00 p.m.

CADE, La. (AP) — An Amtrak train collided with a van on Wednesday and killed the woman driving the vehicle, which had stopped on the tracks at a railroad crossing near Lafayette, officials said.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said none of the 125 passengers aboard the train were injured in the crash, which occurred just after noon in Cade. Magliari said a crew member apparently suffered a knee injury while getting off the train after the collision.

The train, which had departed New Orleans around 9 a.m. and was bound for Los Angeles, was expected to be delayed for several hours while officials inspected it for damage and awaited a replacement crew.

Louisiana State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons said the woman who died was the only occupant of the van, which caught fire after the crash. Investigators were trying to identify the woman.

The woman was stopped on the tracks at the intersection of state highways 182 and 92 when the crossing arms and signals activated, Hammons said.

The train had two locomotives and nine rail cars, according to Magliari.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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