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UPDATE: Lufkin police identify man killed in car collision with train

UPDATE: Lufkin police identify man killed in car collision with train

POSTED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 5:16pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 5:19pm

Lufkin Police Department is investigating a collision that occurred between an automobile and a locomotive.

At approximately 4:40 AM on February 08, 2012, Lufkin Police and Fire Dispatch Center received a report that a Pontiac Grand AM was struck by a train at a railroad crossing located in the 3400 block of Southwood Drive in Lufkin.

Preliminary information indicates that the driver of the Pontiac, 27-year-old Kaleb Drew Rye, disregarded the railroad crossing arms and signals at the crossing and the locomotive’s horn. The engine of the locomotive struck the driver’s side of Rye’s vehicle; killing Rye and carrying his vehicle approximately two-tenths of a mile from the crossing.

Due to the damage to and resting place of the vehicle, investigators were not immediately able to verify Rye’s identity. A railroad crane moved the vehicle to the roadway side of the railroad tracks where emergency services workers were able to access it and extricate Rye.

Samples of Rye’s blood were collected for analysis.

An investigation into the crash continues but, at this time, it is not known when additional information will be available.

Release from Lufkin Police Department

Southwood Drive has re-opened, according to Lufkin police.

Lufkin Police say one is dead after a train hit a vehicle overnight. 

The wreck happened at about 4:00 am Wednesday at the train crossing in the 3400 block of Southwood Drive.

Police say one man was inside the vehicle when the train struck it. His name has not been released.  

The vehicle was pushed about 2/10ths of a mile from the intersection where the collision happened.

A crane is being used to lift the vehicle from the tracks so it can be removed from the road. The 3000 to 400- blocks of Southwood Dr. will be closed for at least an hour while the scene is cleared.

KETK will bring you more details as they are available.

The photo below was sent to KETK by officials with the Lufkin Police Department.

The purple pin indicates the approximate spot where the vehicle came to rest.

The crash occurred around 4:00 AM.

Investigators are still on scene and expect to have the 3000 to 4000 blocks of Southwood Drive closed for at least another hour while a crane moves the vehicle from the train tracks.



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