SHEVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A tragic motor vehicle/train crash that happened in Shreveport Saturday afternoon has left an elderly woman dead and her husband injured.
The crash took place just after 4:30 PM at the railroad tracks just north of Highway 3132 near the intersection of Ashley Ridge Boulevard and Line Avenue in South Shreveport. It involved a Union Pacific locomotive and a Chrysler Concord.
The passenger, has been identified as Marion Hirsch, 86, of Shreveport. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Caddo Parish Coroner's office. Her 92-year-old husband, who was driving at that time, was transported to LSUHC with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
Preliminary on-scene investigation reports say that the driver drove the vehicle into the side of a moving train. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Shreveport Police Department to determine exactly what factors contributed to this crash.
The impact from the collision caused at least 200 gallons of diesel fuel to leak from the train prompting Union Pacific Railroad to commission a clean-up crew from North Little Rock to remove the spilled combustible from the area; this spill does not pose a health hazard to the community.