Victim identified in Longview fatal truck, train collision
POSTED: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 4:28am
UPDATED: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 7:48am
LONGVIEW POLICE: Alcohol may be factor in crash.
Longview, Texas (KETK) — One person is dead after an early morning collision between a train and truck in Longview.
According to the Longview Police Department, Andrew J. Gooden, 29, of Hempstead was killed in the crash.
A train and truck collided early Friday morning, around 2:25 a.m., at the railroad tracks in the 4000 block of Estes Parkway near Wal-Mart. Police say Gooden was driving southbound in the inside lane of Estes Parkway and failed to stop and struck the train in the intersection of Estes Parkway and the railroad tracks.
All lanes of travel were closed and police tell KETK they have now reopened the lanes and traffic is beginning to flow smoothly.
Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary said the train was moving at a slow rate of speed at the time of the crash. After driving into the train, the vehicle was stuck under it and was pushed a short distance, according to the Longview News-Journal.
Authorities were told investigators saw no evidence the driver of the vehicle tried to stop before striking the train.
A wrecker was called to the scene to remove the truck from underneath the train and Longview Police have confirmed the driver of the truck is dead. No other injuries were reported as a result of the crash.
Union Pacific Railroad Spokesperson Raquel Espinoza, tells KETK they are investigating the fatal collision.
"The red flashing lights were blinking when the driver drove into the side of the train and the tank car was empty," said Espinoza.
Gooden was pronounced dead at the scene, but no other injuries were reported as a result of the crash.. The crash remains under investigation and alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, according to police.
KETK was first on scene and will continue to update information as it becomes available.