Truck driver charged in Sept. 10 train collision
By: Howell Dennis
CROWLEY - The driver of an 18 wheeler that was struck by an Amtrack passenger train on September 10th is being charged with driving under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and failure to stop at a railroad grade crossing. Warrants have been issued for Marlon Broussard, 44, of St. Joseph Avenue in Morse in connection with the train wreck that occurred at the corner of Hwy 90 and American Legion Drive near Crowley.
Sheriff Wayne Melancon announced the charges in a press release Tuesday afternoon.
District Judge Kristian Earles set Bond at $20,500.
Several passengers on the Amtrack train suffered minor injuries with eleven being taken to American Legion Hospital in Crowley and Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette.
Apparently Broussard either did not see the train approaching or misjudged the speed at which it was traveling. His truck was literally split into two pieces with parts of the truck landing on both sides of the railroad track. All the rice he was carrying spilled down an embankment.
The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Department, the Crowley Fire Department, the Crowley City Marshal and Acadian Ambulance were among the agencies that worked the scene. Aside from those who were transported to area hospitals, Acadian Ambulance treated several at the scene.
Some witnesses at the scene stated that it appeared that Broussard was completely unaware of the approaching train though that has not been verified.
The Crowley Post-Signal will have more details as they become available.