Engineer injured in train-vehicle crash south of Amite Friday

One person was injured after an Amtrak train crashed into an 18-wheeler carrying an empty dump trailer at the McMichael Church Crossing south of Amite Friday afternoon. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Jimmy Travis said an engineer on board the train was transported to a local hospital after the crash which occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. Initial reports suggest the southbound train hit the rear portion of the trailer. There were 208 people on the train, which was immobilized in the crash. Travis said buses will be used to transport the Amtrak passengers to New Orleans this afternoon.