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2 Louisiana Amtrak Accidents On Same Day Kill 1, Injure 7

04/20/11 11:08 PM ET   AP

SLIDELL, La. — Authorities say accidents involving Amtrak trains 10 1/2 hours apart on opposite ends of south Louisiana have killed one and injured seven.

A sheriff's office says 36-year-old Cristal S. LaPoint was killed and a 19-year-old man injured by an Amtrak train while they were walking along the tracks about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Vinton.

An Amtrak train with 12 crew and 68 passengers hit a tractor-trailer carrying the shell of an armored personnel carrier about 8 a.m. across the state. Slidell police say that crash injured six people on board and the truck driver and blocked a major highway for hours.

Authorities say the driver told investigators he didn't see the train.

The truck was bound for a Slidell plant that makes armored personnel carriers.

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