Train Derails in NE Louisiana, 2-Hour Evacuation
A train conductor was seriously injured and an engineer suffered minor injuries when a freight train hit a truck Sunday in northeast Louisiana, derailing two engines and 17 cars, according to Union Pacific Railroad Co.
The conductor’s injuries were not considered life-threatening, Union Pacific spokesman Jeff DeGraff said. He said the conductor was airlifted to a hospital in Shreveport — about 120 miles west of Mer Rouge, where the accident occurred Sunday afternoon — and the engineer was taken to a local hospital.
“Out of concern for the privacy of our employees, we are not releasing their names,” DeGraff said in an email.
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