Man killed in train crash in Bossier Parish identified

Published: Oct. 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2015 at 6:28 PM CDT
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BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Louisiana State Police have released the identity of the man who was killed when his log truck was struck by a train in North Bossier Parish Monday.

It happened just outside Plain Dealing's city limits on Industrial Drive, also known as Anthony Products Dr., near Anthony Forest Products Company around 1:30 p.m.

According to troopers, preliminary information suggests a 2015 Western Star tractor pulling an empty log trailer was traveling west on Industrial Dr. just east of LA 3 when the driver, 70-year-old Phillip Rivers of Zwolle, La., drove into the path of a southbound Union Pacific freight train. The tractor was reportedly struck by the train in the passenger side and pushed down the tracks.

After impact, the train reportedly pushed the tractor about 0.4 miles down the railroad track just south of the crash scene before stopping.

Authorities say Rivers was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was ejected from his vehicle. Rivers was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bossier Parish Coroner.

No other injuries were reported.

One year ago on Sept. 24, 2014, a Simsboro man was killed when his log truck was struck by a train at the same spot.

The crash remains under investigation.

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