A Florien 17-year-old was struck in his truck by a KCS train Tuesday afternoon on Gandy Rd. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Louisiana State Police are investigating the crash. (Source: KSLA News 12)
FLORIEN, LA (KSLA) -
A 17-year-old died when struck by a train Tuesday afternoon in Florien.
The victim, identified as Kevin Joseph Brown, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup east on Gandy Road just before 4 p.m. near Hwy 171 when it was struck on the passenger side by a northbound Kansas City Southern train.
It's unknown if Brown was wearing a seatbelt. Louisiana State Police are investigating.
The impact spun the truck into the ditch.
Brown had to be cut from the truck using the Jaws of Life.
Sabine Parish Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers said Tuesday night that he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rivers noted that the crossing is marked with yield signs, but there are no crossing arms or lighted signals. It is also at a point in the road with no blind curves.
Storms moved through the area earlier in the day, but Rivers said it was not raining at the time of the collision.
An autopsy should be completed Wednesday and routine toxicology tests are pending.
While the reason for Brown's failure to yield is not known at this time, state police offered a reminder in a release late Tuesday night about watching for trains.
"Troopers want to take this time to remind motorists that trains can stop, but they can’t stop quickly. That is why it is so important to look and listen for trains when approaching a railroad crossing and to always yield the right of way to trains."