Delhi – Shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a crash on Speirs Drive just south of US Hwy 80 that involved a truck and a Kansas City Southern train. This crash took the life of 55-year-old James Kelly of Delhi.
The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Kelly, was traveling south on Speirs Drive when he failed to yield to the oncoming train. The train collided with the driver’s side of the Chevrolet, which caused it to travel into the ditch and overturn.
Kelly, who was unrestrained, was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. A toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis.
LSP said troopers want to take this time to remind motorists that trains can stop, but they can’t stop quickly, adding that is why it is very important to look and listen for trains when approaching a railroad crossing and to always yield the right of way to trains.
For more information about rail safety or to request a free safety presentation, please visit the Louisiana Operation Lifesaver web site at www.laoperationlifesaver.org.
LSP said buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself during a vehicle crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up, they said, can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.
This crash remains under investigation.
In 2021, Troop F has investigated 56 fatal crashes resulting in 67 deaths.