NEW IBERIA, La. (KLFY) – UPDATE: The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a train striking a pedestrian Tuesday afternoon just after 4 p.m.
On arrival, deputies located the victim laying on the north side of the railroad tracks just off Ann St. and E. Saint Peter St.
He has been identified as 66-year-old Eddie Livingston of New Iberia.
Captain Wendell Raborn said he was attempting to cross the tracks while riding his bicycle and was struck by a westbound freight train operated by BNSF.
“They’re very large, they don’t look like they’re moving very fast but it’s deceptive and everyone should be careful. They can’t stop on a dime like a car can,” Raborn said.
Raborn said the railway where the victim was attempting to cross was not a road crossing and is unprotected. He said the freight train activated the horn before the crashing into Livingston, but Livingston did not respond to it.
“We’re not sure if he didn’t hear it or simply ignored it thinking he could beat it across the tracks,” Raborn said.
Livingston was transported to a Lafayette hospital where he is in severe condition.
ORIGINAL: A man on a bicycle has been taken to a Lafayette hospital after being hit by a train in New Iberia, according to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Captain Wendell Raborn said deputies received the call around 4:22 p.m. this afternoon and it happened at the intersection of Ann Street and East St. Peter Street.
The victim’s condition is unknown at this time. News 10 will update this story as more information is available.