Train derails, splits saltwater tanker in two

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 12:22pm

UPDATE: The crossing on Booker Road is now open.

The train was separated to alleviate traffic congestion.

Crews continue to clear the wreckage.

A train was derailed Friday morning after it hit a saltwater truck near Stonewall.

According to Caddo Parish officials, it happened around 9:45 a.m. at the intersection of Keithville-Keatchie Road and Booker Road in the southern part of Caddo Parish.

Official say a westbound Union Pacific train hit a northbound Hepkmann Water Resources tanker, splitting it in half. The engine traveled about 1000 feet before coming off the tracks.

The driver of the tanker tried to turn onto onto Keithville-Keatchie from Booker Road, but due to heavy traffic, he was forced stopped on the train tracks. When the trucker realized a train was approaching, he attempted to reverse off the tracks, but didn't make it. The locomotive clipped the vehicle's back end, spun the tank around and split it in half, according to Caddo Parish Spokesperson Cindy Chadwick

The driver, 38, suffered minor injures and was taken to a nearby hospital. The train conductor and engineer were also taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Traffic is heavily congested and is moving slowly in the area. The engine is also blocking six homes on Booker Road, however, no one is in immediate danger.

Emergency and train officials are on scene assessing the damage.

Hazmat crews are currently clearing the wreckage.


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