KATC Investigates

Jun 26, 2013 8:57 PM by katc

Crash Involving Amtrak Train Claims One Life

Today, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a fatal crash on LA Highway 92 at LA Highway 182 which claimed the life of a St. Martinville Woman.

At 12:20 p.m., 51-year-old Cassandra Papillion of St. Martinville, was driving a 1991 Chevrolet van north on LA Highway 92. Papillion stopped, behind another northbound vehicle, with the rear portion of her vehicle on a set of train tracks. A westbound Amtrak train was approaching the intersection and struck Papillion's vehicle. After impact, Papillion's vehicle struck a stopped southbound 2000 Nissan truck driven by 34-year-old Russ Romero of New Iberia. Papillion's vehicle came to rest west of the intersection and caught fire. Troopers indicated the active warning devices at the intersection (flashing red lights, bells and gates) were functioning properly.

Papillion, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Martin Parish Coroner. Romero, who was also wearing a seatbelt, sustained minor injuries. None of the 125 passengers on the Amtrak train were injured.

It is unknown if impairment was a factor in the crash; however, routine toxicology samples have been obtained and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation.

For information about rail safety or to request a free safety presentation, please visit the Louisiana Operation Lifesaver web site at www.laoperationlifesaver.org or contact your nearest Louisiana State Police Public Information Officer.

*NOTE: Family members have told KATC the victim went by Cassandra Andrews.

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