A train crash in West Monroe almost coast one man his life.
It happened at the intersection of Bancroft Boulevard and Coleman street just before lunch time.
An 18 wheeler crossed over the track and seconds later, the locomotive slammed into the truck’s trailer.
“I was sitting there in the window talking on the phone, and I heard the train honking and, you know I looked up and like I always do and see and I see this slow boy coming across the tracks and I knew he wasn’t going to make it, because the engine was already right here,” says eye witness, Ernest Compton.
The train derailed on impact.
Obryant Holmes was the conductor, and says there was no way to avoid the accident.
“The big truck, he seen us, and he just kept on trying to come across, he tried to beat us and.. boom!” says Holmes.
Holmes says he escaped the crash in the knick of time.
“I just thank God that I jumped off, I had the sense to jump off because right then, it could have been worse,” says Holmes.
The Ouachita Parish sheriff’s office is investigating the wreck, with a reminder that trains always have the right of way.
“You’re suppose to stop and at least be sure the track is cleared, even if you don’t have arms crossing and stuff, it’s up to the driver to be sure there is no oncoming train,” says public information officer, Glen Springfield.
Holmes is all smiles, happy to be alive, and leaving a piece of advice for all drivers.
“Turn your radio down and listen for the train, because it wain’t worth your life trying to beat a train,” says Holmes.
Officials say the truck driver is at fault, no word yet on what the citation will be for the incident.