CPSO: No serious injuries in KCS train collision in Vivian
(Source: Calvin Heflin)
VIVIAN, LA (KSLA) -
There were no serious injuries as a result of a train collision and derailment involving two Kansas City Southern trains in North Caddo Parish Tuesday morning.
It happened just before 8 a.m. in Vivian along the train tracks that run next to LA Highway 1.
Both trains were heading southbound, when one train with an engine also on in the rear stopped on tracks and the second train headed from Kansas City to Mexico ran into the first. The collision caused the rear engine of the lead train and the leading locomotive on the following train, along with 6 boxcars to derail.
According to Caddo Parish deputies, the conductor of the train that was rear-ended was shaken up but not injured.
There are no hazardous materials involved. Both trains are said to be loaded with grain and cardboard.
Deputies say the derailment is not causing any traffic problems, but emergency vehicles were slowing down traffic.
KCS crews are on scene working to clear the tracks and get the trains running again. KCS says the line is expected to re-open on Wednesday morning.
Train tracks are considered to be private property, so Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office Lt. Don Gibbs says KCS will investigate the crash internally.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
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