Backhoe hit by train west of Welsh, driver injured

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Posted: May 03, 2016 8:59 AM

WELSH, La. (AP) — State police say a Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury employee received minor injuries when an Amtrak train struck the backhoe he was driving, just west of Welsh.

Sgt. James Anderson tells the American Press (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) the unidentified employee was preparing to cross the railroad tracks about 1:20 p.m. Monday when the front end of the backhoe was struck by a westbound train.

Anderson says no one on the train was injured.

He says charges are pending.

The railroad crossing does not have crossing gates, but is marked by railroad crossing sign and stop signs.

In February, troopers say Donna Daigle of Iowa (EYE'-oh-way) was killed and another woman injured after their vehicle was struck by a westbound freight train at the same crossing.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com