(Plain Dealing, Louisiana – September 24, 2014)
The 43-year-old driver of an empty log truck semi trailer died Wednesday afternoon at about 3:40 P.M., CDT as he attempted to cross Union Pacific Railroad tracks after making a delivery of logs to the Anthony Forest Products mill on Industrial Drive in Plain Dealing, LA.
Louisiana State Police troopers investigating the tragedy identified the deceased truck driver as Roman Moore of Simsboro, LA. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bossier Parish coroner. The Industrial Drive/UP crossing is listed as “private” rather than “public” on FRA records, but has been the site of numerous train/motor vehicular accidents since record keeping by the federal agency began. Although Wednesday’s accident was the first fatality, seven earlier crashes have accumulated a total of five non-fatal injuries.
The UPRR/Industrial Drive crossing, which, according to Federal Railroad Administration documents, accommodates a half-dozen UPRR freight trains at a top allowable speed of 49 mph, and 100 highway vehicles, 90% of which are trucks similar to the one that was struck, daily, has no active warning devices, such as lights and gates. It is virtually certain that if equipped with lights and gates this accident would not have happened. Both Union Pacific and Operation Lifesaver all know lights and gates are the most effective type of protection at railroad crossings. Studies that have been conducted over fifty years ago confirm that lights and gates offer the ability to drastically reduce the number of vehicle/train accidents by as much as 96%