Cleanup underway at derailment site in NE La.

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Posted: Oct 06, 2014 6:32 AM
Cleanup underway at derailment site in NE La.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cleanup continues at the site of a train derailment in northeast Louisiana.

State police say the engineer and conductor were injured when a freight train hit a truck Sunday at a crossing in Mer Rouge (mer-ROOZH'), derailing two engines and 17 cars of the 87 car train.

Troopers say crews worked throughout the night and should have line open later Monday.

Union Pacific Railroad Co. officials said the conductor's injuries weren't considered life-threatening. He was being treated at a hospital in Shreveport. They say the engineer suffered minor injuries.

Mer Rouge Police Chief Mitch Stephens says the truck driver, Daniel Shackleford, of Freedom, Missouri, was unhurt. Stephens says Shackleford's trailer got stuck on the tracks but he saw the train coming and jumped out of the truck.