- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

WHITE CASTLE, La. (AP) - Two Baton Rouge siblings were killed when their vehicle was struck by a train at a railroad crossing, news reports said Thursday.

Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi was quoted by media outlets as saying that the train collided with a sport utility vehicle in the White Castle area as it attempted to cross the tracks as the train approached.

The accident happened just after noon near Louisiana 1 and Dorcy Road.

Capt. Monty Migliacio said the Union Pacific Railroad train was headed south on tracks that run parallel to Louisiana 1. The SUV turned to cross the track, but stopped instead.

“We don’t know why they stopped on the track. The train blew (its horn) for about 40 seconds before it hit the vehicle in the passenger door,” Migliacio said.

It was traveling about 59 mph, he said.

The victims were identified as Byron Henderson, 41, and his sister, Myra Henderson, 42.

The railroad crossing had a cross-buck symbol, but no electronic arms or lights.

Jeff DeGraff, a spokesman for Union Pacific, said the company is still investigating what happened.

“Early details show the SUV turned to cross the track and stopped in front of the train as the train made its way southbound and stopped,” he said.

DeGraff said there was no significant damage to the train, described as a work train including a locomotive, empty flatbed car and a specialized car used for track inspections, and no derailment. He said none of the crew aboard the train was injured.


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