Name of Deceased Driver Released from Semi / Train Accident, NEW WILLARD, July 26, 2017 - The deceased driver of the 18 wheeler that was in a collision with a train this morning (07/26) has been released. Wayne Edward Baldwin, 58, of Lena, Louisiana was exiting the driveway from OldCastle Lawn Care and failed to yield to a south-bound train. The train slammed into the side of Baldwin's rig knocking the rig to the west side of the tracks. Baldwin was deceased at the scene. Baldwin was transported to Jefferson County Medical Examiners Officer for an autopsy.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Baldwin was NOT leaving OldCastle Lawn Service, he was actually exiting another address that share the same driveway with OldCastle.
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18 Wheeler Driver Deceased Following Collision With Train, NEW WILLARD, July 26, 2017 - At approximately 7:30 am on July 26, 2017, an 18 wheeler (name of driver being withheld pending notification of relatives) was exiting Oldcastle Lawn & Garden off Loop 116 and failed to yield to an oncoming train. The train impacted the driver's side of the rig knocking it to the west side of the tracks. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit, and Deputy Adrian Ontiveros with the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Trooper Darwon Evans with the Texas Highway Patrol arrived to assist. Sadly, the driver was deceased. Justice of the Peace, Robert Johnson performed an inquest at the scene. A first-call car from Cochran Funeral Home transported to victim from the scene to Jefferson County Medical Examiners Office in Beaumont. This accident remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
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Captain Rickie Childers was one of several Polk County Sheriff's Detectives dispatched to investigate.
The train impacted the driver's side of the rig, knocking it to the west side of the tracks.
Justice of the Peace, Robert Johnson, performed an inquest at the scene.
The engine of the 18 wheeler was knocked to the east side of the tracks.
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