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Highway/railroad grade crossing collision, Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad

Executive Summary

On June 26, 2000, about 10:42 a.m., central standard time, a loaded southbound tractor-semitrailer combination truck struck the lead locomotive of Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad (CN/IC) train LBRZE-26 at the highway/rail grade crossing at the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and the CN/IC Zee Industry Lead track near Port Hudson, Louisiana. The engineer was fatally injured, the conductor and truckdriver were seriously injured, and the brakeman sustained minor injuries. The driver and four occupants of a car that had left the highway to avoid colliding with the train also sustained minor injuries.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the inability of the tractor semi-trailer driver to stop his vehicle after seeing the train in time to avoid the collision. Although the grade crossing had limited visibility for identifying an approaching train, it was equipped with flashing warning lights; however, there was insufficient evidence to determine if the warning lights were functioning immediately before the collision.

Accident Location: Port Hudson , LA    
Accident Date: 6/26/2000
Accident ID: ATL00FR006

Date Adopted: 10/16/2003
NTSB Number: RAB-03-07
NTIS Number:  

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