Crane Accidents

Train Derails in NE Louisiana, 2-hour Evacuation

10/5/14

Mer Roughe, La

Officials in northeast Louisiana say two train engineers are in serious condition after a freight train hit a transport truck, derailing two engines and 16 tank and hopper cars.

Mer (mur) Rouge Police Chief Mitch Stephens says about 50 houses were evacuated for about two hours due to concerns that a tank car of pressurized argon gas might explode.

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The scene after the accident

He says both engineers had to be extricated from a locomotive that overturned and hit a big oak tree.

The accident occurred Sunday afternoon at the Highway 165 crossing in the town of Mer Rouge, about 120 miles east of Shreveport.

Stephens says a low trailer carrying a crane got stuck on the tracks, but the driver saw the train coming and leaped out in time to avoid injury.

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