Two Tickfaw residents died Tuesday (December 13) after their vehicle collided with a train on LA 1064 in Natalbany. The crash claimed the lives of Colton Williams (23) and Justin B. Lang (23).
Troopers determined that the cross-arms were down and red lights were flashing, signaling he approach of the southbound AMTRAK passenger train. However, Williams (the driver) drove around the cross-arms and into the path of the train. The train crashed into the left side of the vehicle, pushing it nearly 125 yards south of the railroad crossing.
Both Williams and Lang were were both pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. There were 68 passengers aboard the AMTRAC train at the time of the cash. None of the passengers reported any injuries.
Trains and cars do not mix. Never race a train to the crossing — even if you tie, you lose.