Lafayette, LA – At 5:41 p.m. multiple first responders were called out to a train accident involving an 18 wheeler dump trunk at the rail crossing at Cameron Street and Hollier Road. Duson Fire Department was the first agency to arrive on scene. As Duson firefighters arrived, the 18 wheeler dump truck was in multiple parts east of the railroad crossing. The two passengers of the truck were sitting near the tracks with minor to moderate injuries. They were both alert. The Amtrak passenger train was stopped approximately a quarter of a mile down the tracks.
First responders from Lafayette Fire Department Haz-Mat, Lafayette Parish Sheriff Department, Acadian Ambulance, and Louisiana State Police responded to the scene. BNSF Railway officials also arrived on scene to conduct an inspection of the tracks.
The two passengers of the truck were transported to a local hospital. It is unknown the extent of their injuries, but one was initially treated for a laceration. At least one passenger on the train was transported to local hospital for evaluation.
Duson firefighters and Lafayette Haz-Mat were able to safely mitigate the fluid and diesel spill from the 18 wheeler dump trunk.
Officials with Amtrak indicated that 27 passengers along with 8 crew members were on the train traveling to Lafayette from Lake Charles. One of the locomotives sustained damage and towed to the railyard in Lafayette. The second engine would transport the passenger cars to Lafayette. For additional on the train and/or passenger status, contact Amtrak.
First responders are still on the scene.