Train hits truck; train conductor dies; road closed

Train hits truck; train conductor dies; road closed
A train and a tractor-trailer rig collided at a railway crossing on West 70th Street near Kennedy Drive in Shreveport on the afternoon of Sept. 6. (Source: Semmie Buffin)
A train and a tractor-trailer rig collided at a railway crossing on West 70th Street near Kennedy Drive in Shreveport on the afternoon of Sept. 6.
A train and a tractor-trailer rig collided at a railway crossing on West 70th Street near Kennedy Drive in Shreveport on the afternoon of Sept. 6. (Source: Semmie Buffin)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A tractor-trailer rig hauling gravel collided with a train in Shreveport, claiming the conductor’s life.

It happened at 3:44 p.m. Friday at a crossing on West 70th Street near Kennedy Drive, Caddo 911 dispatch records show.

Early reports suggested the truck driver was severely injured and rushed to the hospital.

Later, authorities reported, the train conductor was the one with life-threatening injuries and he later was pronounced dead.

Authorities still are trying to determine how he became pinned in the truck’s cab.

The truck driver was not injured.

West 70th Street at that location was closed for a time so the wreckage could be cleared.

At one point, Shreveport Fire Department had 13 units and Shreveport police had 10 units on the call, dispatch records show.

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