Four slightly injured when LA-bound train hits truck

The Associated Press
Saturday June 01, 2002

NEW IBERIA, La. — Four people were slightly injured Friday when an Amtrak train heading to Los Angeles ran into a truck that was stuck on railroad tracks in rural Iberia Parish. 

The conductor, one of his assistants and two train passengers were treated at area hospitals after the accident at about 4:30 p.m., state police spokesman Will Williams said. They were not identified. 

The truck driver, Sherwin J. Neal of Houma, was crossing the tracks between New Iberia and Cade when the trailer that was hitched to his truck got stuck, Williams said. Neal fled the truck when he saw the train coming. 

Williams said Neal will probably be ticketed for obstruction of a railway. 

A portion of state Highway 182 was closed for more than four hours as emergency crews worked to clean up debris, pipe and diesel fuel from the scene, Williams said. 

The train originated in Orlando, Fla., and remained at the accident scene late Friday. The train would continue on its route when a new conductor arrived, Williams said.