Amtrak train hits trailer full of construction equipment in Louisiana, no injuries reported



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No one was injured Wednesday when an Amtrak train traveling through Louisiana hit a flatbed trailer carrying a piece of the building, the equipment, the officials said, but the incident was just another in a growing list of recent accidents on the national railway service.

The incident Wednesday happened at 8:01 am, in Slidell, shortly after the train left New Orleans, Amtrak said in a statement to Fox News

“There are no reports of injuries to passengers or crew,” the statement said. “The local police are investigating the incident and crews are inspection of the equipment of the train for the damages.”

An Amtrak train struck a trailer hauling construction equipment in Slidell, La., but no injuries reported.

(St. Tammany Fire Protection District)

The St. Tammany fire protection District said in a Facebook post, a dump truck was pulling a trailer with a backhoe on, and was sitting on the tracks when it was hit by the train, with 168 passengers.

The area is currently closed as the deputies work to clear the scene, FOX8 reported.

The authorities respond after an Amtrak train struck a trailer hauling construction equipment in Slidell, La.

(St. Tammany Fire Protection District)

The crash in Louisiana was the latest in a series of accidents affecting the passenger rail carrier in the past few months.


Last week, two cars on the Amtrak’s high speed Acela train separated in Maryland. Two days before that, another Amtrak train collided with a parked CSX freight train, killing two Amtrak employees.


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Last month one person in a truck died when an Amtrak train with Republican members of Congress hit the vehicle at an intersection. Two other people in the vehicle were severely injured in this incident.

In December, an Amtrak train on a new line, intended to the speed train in the state of Washington derailed outside of Tacoma, causing several train cars to tumble from a highway overpass. Three people were killed in that crash.

Fox News’ Shira Bush contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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