Train hits pickup; driver cited for obstructing

LAWTELL (AP) — The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office says a 34-year-old Opelousas woman was cited for obstructing a railroad crossing after she allegedly tried to beat a train and it hit her pickup truck.

Capt. Megan Vizena, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman, says Rachel Andrepont was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. She says Andrepont allegedly tried to drive across the tracks about 5 a.m. Tuesday, while crossing lights and bells and the train’s whistle all were going.

The truck apparently stalled. After trying to push it off the tracks, Andrepont got back in to try to start it.

Deputies found the truck still attached to the front of the train with major damage to the passenger side.

Vizena says the train was going about 20 mph.