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Second derailment in same area raises crossing questions

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Caddo deputies on scene say the driver of tanker truck attempted to cross the tracks, but found he was unable to clear them because of traffic on the other side. Caddo deputies on scene say the driver of tanker truck attempted to cross the tracks, but found he was unable to clear them because of traffic on the other side.
KEITHVILLE, LA (KSLA) -

Residents are asking what can be done to prevent train accidents on a railway after a train collides with a tanker truck.

The driver of a tanker truck suffered minor injuries and an engine was derailed off the train tracks in south Caddo Parish, after a collision in Keithville near Booker Rd and Keithville-Keatchie Road Friday morning.

The Union Pacific train struck a tanker truck around 9:20 a.m. as the driver attempted to cross the tracks, but found he was unable to clear them because of traffic on the other side.  

A similar collision happened July 15, at a crossing just two miles north on Vardaman Road near Keithville-Keatchie Road. In that case, the driver of the tanker was cited for failure to yield at a railroad crossing. 

"Somebody is going to get killed in a matter of time," says Joey Chauvin who lives off of Vardaman Road. He has witnessed three train collisions in the past year, and wants more warning signs to be added at railroad crossings.

"A stop sign or something, somebody needs to do something," says Chauvin.

The tanker truck in today's accident was carrying fresh water. The impact rolled the tanker and forced the train's engine off the tracks.

The driver of the tanker truck reportedly suffered non life-threatening injuries. The conductor and engineer suffered scrapes and bruises, but are expected to be okay.

The crossing on Booker Road was blocked by the train, but reopened around 1:00 p.m. The train was separated so that traffic could flow. The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office says cleanup continues.

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