Truck, Train Collide

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 8:56 a.m. of a train/car crash involving injuries on La. Hwy 6 East in the Village of Clarence. The road was reportedly blocked with no hazardous materials involved in the crash.

This article published in the Dec. 16, 2021, print edition

Deputies found three occupants of the vehicle suffering from non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies say a 2011 Dodge dually flatbed truck pulling an enclosed gooseneck trailer loaded with metal operated by Jacob T. Jones, 19, of Shreveport was traveling eastbound on Hwy 6 when he approached visible railroad crossing arms warning of a nearby oncoming train.

At the same time, a Kansas City Southern train was traveling southbound. Jones stated his brakes failed, however evidence at the scene depicted approximately 10-15 feet of skid marks, suggesting Jones failed to yield, traveled through the crossing arms and was struck by the train on the left front side of the vehicle.

The impact caused the vehicle to leave the roadway and come to a rest in the ditch.

The train slowed and came to a rest shortly after the crash.

Jones and two passengers, identified as Logan B. Riley, 22, of Shreveport and Calen A. McKinsey, 24, of Dubberly were transported by EMS to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators with Kansas City Southern Railroad and La. Department of Transportation and Development also responded.

Deputies say Hwy 6 in Clarence was closed for approximately five hours while the crash was investigated and wreckage was cleared.

Jones was cited for Careless Operation of a Vehicle and Failure to Yield at a Railroad Crossing.

Deputy C. Haliburton and Sgt. T. Baptiste investigated the crash along with Kansas City Southern Railroad.

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