Teen killed in train accident in Jeff Davis Parish

by Brandon Richards bio | email

ELTON, LA (KPLC-TV) - A teenage boy died on Saturday morning, after the truck he was driving was struck by a train near Elton.

Josh Bertrand, 19, of Elton, died at the scene, according to authorities.

Investigators said around 10 A.M., a westbound Union Pacific train struck the Ford Ranger pickup in a private drive on Liberty Cemetery Road, just north of U.S. Highway 190. The train carried the vehicle nearly a mile before coming to a stop.

Authorities do not believe alcohol played any role in the accident, however toxicology tests on the driver and engineer have been ordered as a precaution.

According to Bertrand's Facebook page, he was set to start classes as a freshman at McNeese State University this fall.

The railroad crossing where Bertrand's vehicle was struck did not have a railroad crossing gate.

The incident remains under investigation by the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office and Union Pacific Railroad Police.

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