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Amtrak Crashes into vehicle near Lafayette (St. Martinville Woman Dead)

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A St. Martinville woman was killed Wednesday afternoon in St. Martin Parish when the rear of her 1991 Chevrolet van was clipped by an Amtrak passenger train at a railroad crossing, causing the van to burst into flames, State Police said. The collision occurred at the intersection of La. 92 and La. 182 in Cade when the van driven by Cassandra Papillion, 51, stopped behind another northbound vehicle with the rear portion of her vehicle on a set of train tracks at a traffic light, Troop I spokesman Stephen Hammons said. Hammons said the accident occurred at 12:20 p.m. when a westbound train approached the intersection and struck Papillion’s vehicle. After impact, Papillion’s vehicle struck a stopped southbound 2000 Nissan truck driven by Russ Romero, 34, of New Iberia, Hammons said. Papillion’s vehicle came to rest west of the intersection and caught fire, Hammon said. Troopers indicated the active warning devices at the intersection (flashing red lights, bells and gates) were functioning properly, he said. Hammons said the railroad crossing guard arms came down on the rear of the van as the train approached. But Papillion, who was the lone occupant in the vehicle, did not move the van in time, Hammons said. Papillion, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Martin Parish coroner. Romero, who was also wearing a seat belt, sustained minor injuries. It is unknown whether impairment was a factor in the crash; however, routine toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab in Baton Rouge for analysis. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said none of the 125 passengers aboard the train were injured in the crash, which occurred just after noon. Magliari said a crew member apparently suffered a knee injury while getting off the train after the collision. The train, which had departed New Orleans around 9 a.m. and was bound for Los Angeles, was expected to be delayed for several hours while officials inspected it for damage and awaited a replacement crew. It had two locomotives and nine rail cars, Magliari said.
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lordguill
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re: Amtrak Crashes into vehicle near Lafayette (St. Martinville Woman Dead)
I used to live near there.


lsu480
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re: Amtrak Crashes into vehicle near Lafayette (St. Martinville Woman Dead)
More like a vehicle crashes into a Amtrak train.


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HBR
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re: Amtrak Crashes into vehicle near Lafayette (St. Martinville Woman Dead)
Im sorry to say, but there are no unsafe train intersections. If you get hit by a train you are an idiot. No discussion, no questions.


schexyoung
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re: Amtrak Crashes into vehicle near Lafayette (St. Martinville Woman Dead)
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Im sorry to say, but there are no unsafe train intersections. If you get hit by a train you are an idiot. No discussion, no questions.


I have no idea how this even happens anymore. Aside from stupidity, what could possibly lead to this anymore?


lordguill
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re: Amtrak Crashes into vehicle near Lafayette (St. Martinville Woman Dead)
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Im sorry to say, but there are no unsafe train intersections. If you get hit by a train you are an idiot. No discussion, no questions.





There are RxR bars at that intersection. This person probably tried to drive around them.

Either that or suicide, which makes no sense because it's an Amtrak train.


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re: Amtrak Crashes into vehicle near Lafayette (St. Martinville Woman Dead)
Why is the fact that the train is an Amtrak train make a difference?


lordguill
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Why is the fact that the train is an Amtrak train make a difference?


Amtraks are much smaller, but then I guess a suicidal person wouldn't be aware of the situation.


CaptainsWafer
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re: Amtrak Crashes into vehicle near Lafayette (St. Martinville Woman Dead)
They also travel a lot faster.


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re: Amtrak Crashes into vehicle near Lafayette (St. Martinville Woman Dead)
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Im sorry to say, but there are no unsafe train intersections. If you get hit by a train you are an idiot. No discussion, no questions.


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redstick13
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Amtraks are much smaller, but then I guess a suicidal person wouldn't be aware of the situation.



You ever stood by the tracks when one of those big bastards rolls up? They're more than adequate enough to do the job.


lordguill
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They also travel a lot faster.


Yeah good point


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lordguill
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You ever stood by the tracks when one of those big bastards rolls up? They're more than adequate enough to do the job.




Plenty of times. They're very fast.


TigerWise
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re: Amtrak Crashes into vehicle near Lafayette (St. Martinville Woman Dead)
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If you get hit by a train you are an idiot


Tru Dat


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redstick13
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Plenty of times. They're very fast.



They're pretty big too. At least the ones here in CO are. I walked all the way up to the yellow line at the station to get an idea of just how big. It was intimidating as hell.


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redstick13
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Plenty of times. They're very fast.



I have seen the California Zephyr reach up to 80 mph while going through Palisade, CO.


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re: Amtrak Crashes into vehicle near Lafayette (St. Martinville Woman Dead)
Who was the a-hole who brought a car to a train fight?


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HBR
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re: Amtrak Crashes into vehicle near Lafayette (St. Martinville Woman Dead)
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I have no idea how this even happens anymore. Aside from stupidity, what could possibly lead to this anymore?



This shite in tangipahoa is what I was referring to. Closing down intersections because they are unsafe. How the frick is any railroad intersection unsafe? The translation is: alot more idiots cross this one than any other one. If you are too dumb to take 5 seconds to look for a train before you cross the 10 foot track then you deserve to be hit.


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lordguill
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re: Amtrak Crashes into vehicle near Lafayette (St. Martinville Woman Dead)
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I have seen the California Zephyr reach up to 80 mph while going through Palisade, CO.



Well shit


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Officials said the train suffered some engine damage, but not enough damage to cancel the trip.


LIKE A BAUSS


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