Collision involving train and car claims 2 more lives

Collision involving train and car claims 2 more lives

IBERIA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Two more people have died as a result of a car being hit by a train Tuesday evening.

Louisiana State Police reported Chase Day, 12, of New Iberia, died Friday and Stephen Leblanc, 49, also of New Iberia, died Saturday. Their deaths bring the total lives lost in the crash to five.

Troopers said the crash happened off LA 88 near LA 182 in Iberia Parish around 6 p.m.

They reported it initially claimed the lives of Phyllis Leblanc, 70, of New Iberia, Jayla Daigle and Trinity Schmidt. The girls were both 12 years old. Investigators said Leblanc, Day and another child were taken to the hospital with critical injuries. The sixth person who was in the car remains hospitalized. The child's current condition has not been released.

Tpr. Brooks David with LSP said the initial investigation showed Phyllis Leblanc was driving a 2006 Ford Taurus on LA 88 when she stopped on the railroad tracks. He added an Amtrak train headed east slammed into the car and the impact pushed the car off the road.

David said the crossing had active warning devices (flashing lights, gates or bells).

According to David, impairment is not suspected as a factor in the crash, but as with all deadly crashes on Louisiana highways, blood samples were taken and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation.

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