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Victim identified in Longview fatal truck, train collision

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POSTED: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 5:28am

UPDATED: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 8:48am

LONGVIEW POLICE: Alcohol may be factor in crash.

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.

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Gail Kohr (if that is your real name) you post a lot of negative things on numerous situtations. As for Drew, he was a great young man and friend. The things listed above in reference to his accident are all speculations. No one knows exactly what happened. Fact of the matter, we lost a great person and your ignorance is not needed. Be mindful of the things that you post in the future. Your comment was very disrespectful to the Gooden family.

Im sorry that my mother is writing negative stuff as you say she is. she is a negative person. and as for your friend I am sorry to hear of what happened.

My name is Wanda me and my family have been friends with Drew 4 years! He was a great man and a wonderful friend! No one ask u 2 feel sorry 4 him. Until u know 4 sure what happened that night PLEASE dont judge my friend! Try lifting him and his family and friends up in prayer. I pray u never have to lose a person this way! Because our lifes won't be t he same! Thank u have a great day and god bless u!

I don't understand why people drive drunk and text while driving either, AND I also don't understand how people can be so heartless and judgmental in their online comments. There is only speculation of the circumstances at this point. No matter what facts emerge from this very unfortunate incident, a mother and father are facing a near unbearable truth: they must bury their son. Surviving siblings and family members and friends must bid farewell to a life cut short. MAY JESUS COMFORT THE FAMILY!

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND PEOPLE THAT DRIVE AND DRINK, OR TEXT FOR THAT MATTER..DON'T YOU KNOW YOU CAN DIE..... OH, WELL, ITS HARD TO FEEL SORRY FOR THEM WHEN IT IS CHOICES YOU MAKE, I FEEL SORRY FOR THEIR FAMILIES, SOOOO, STUPID.......

uhh okAY FIRST OF ALL HE WAS NOT DRINKING OKAY ITS CALLED A LATE REACTION!! when you are terrified and are afraid to die your most likely in the state of shock stupid. sp before you go judging people watch your self

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