Shortly after 3:00 p.m. yesterday, during the railroad grade crossing detail in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a crash involving a freight train and a passenger car on Hoke Road in Jefferson Davis Parish.
The westbound train struck the front right side of the vehicle and the driver of the passenger car stated he didn’t see or hear the approaching train. No injuries were sustained as a result of the crash.
Louisiana state law requires motorists to obey signals at railroad crossings that indicate a train is approaching including flashing red lights and/or lowered gates. Failure to obey these signals may result in a fine of up to $200.00 and up to 30 days in jail for a first offense with higher fines and increased jail time possible for additional violations. The fine for racing a train is up to $1,000.
There are additional enforcement details being planned.