Fatal Amtrak crash investigation still ongoing

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The coroner’s office in Iberia Parish has released the name of the driver in the fatal Amtrak crash.

70-year-old Phyllis Leblanc was the driver killed in the crash along with two minors. It crash happened at the railroad crossing on Highway 88 just off of Highway 182 in Iberia Parish.

According to Master Trooper Brooks David of Louisiana State Police, the crash happened just before 6-PM Tuesday evening.

“When troopers arrived they were able to confirm that three persons were killed in the crash and three were critically injured,” said Trooper David.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and for reasons not yet discovered, the car came to a stop on the train tracks. David says, “Witnesses stated that the crossbars were activated at the time and troopers were able to confirm that they worked after.”

Several tests were run Wednesday afternoon by railroad crews, to assure the crossbars were working properly. Troopers suggest people should come to a complete stop before crossing train tracks. “Look both ways because you never know if those crossbars or lights are working perfectly.”

By law, drivers are not allowed to stop on railroad tracks, and should keep a minimum of 50 feet between their vehicles and active crossbars.

Trooper David says their hearts go out to the families involved, “It’s always hard when you lose a family member. But at this time of the year and this week, state police is praying for this family.”

As of 4-PM Wednesday, state police have confirmed that the three survivors remain in critical condition.

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