Two Hurt after Train Strikes Truck in Mississippi

Couple’s accident is the third at a site without lights and crossing arms.


 
 

| Monday, July 16, 2012


BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Two people have been hurt after their truck collided with an eastbound CSX train.

The accident happened shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of City Park Avenue and Toulme Street in Bay St. Louis.

Deputy Chief Christine Johnson told The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/NoWdUO ) that Kenneth and Deborah Kennedy, both 52, from Waveland, were apparently going over the track and possibly tried to back up to get off the tracks when the accident happened.

Fire Chief Pam San Fillippo says their injuries did not appear life-threatening. Firefighters were able to get both out of the truck without using mechanical assistance, she said.

Johnson said the couple was talking when they were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Gulfport.

There are no crossing arms or lights at that railroad crossing.

Reg Morken, 73, has lived near that crossing for 12 years and said Saturday's accident is the third he's seen there in the past year.

"I looked out and saw the tail end of this truck about 20 feet in the air and told my wife to call 911," he said. "These people are very lucky."

Morken would like to see CSX put warning signals at that crossing.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com



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