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May 26, 2024

DeRidder, LA – Dalton Doyle Killed in Train Derailment Near S. Washington St

May 26, 2024

DeRidder, LA (August 20, 2021) – Authorities from the DeRidder Police Department and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to an emergency call on Tuesday, August 18, at about 12:00 p.m. after receiving reports of a train derailment that left one person dead.  

The derailment took place at a rock yard outside the city limits, in the area of Post Plant Road and South Washington Street.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered a man with injuries so severe he eventually passed away.  

The deceased has since been identified as 25-year-old Dalton Doyle, a resident of Beauregard Parish.

Although the cause of the derailment is still under investigation, officials believe it was an accident that somehow caused Doyle to be injured by a train car.

No was else was injured by the train, however, another person, believed to be experiencing a cardiac event, was transported by paramedics from the scene to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment. He has since been released.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Dalton Doyle, at this time.

Fatal Train Accidents in DeRidder

8.20 DeRidder, LA - Dalton Doyle Killed in Train Derailment Near S. Washington St

Incidents that happen at railroad crossings have the highest total, somewhere between 300 and 400, of all annual railroad fatalities. For every single train crossing accident, someone is responsible, including the people tasked with track preservation, crossing signal maintenance, and the upkeep of roadways leading to the tracks. 

The caring DeRidder injury accident attorneys at Smiley Law Firm have several decades of experience in helping their clients hold negligent people responsible for their actions. Our attorneys are ready to guide you through this complex legal process and always provide effective and up-to-date legal guidance. 

Train crossing accidents can originate from multiple possible causes, like faulty crossing signals with no gates, no lights, and overgrown bushes, which all make an oncoming train hard to see. It is important to document the scene of the crash before the railroad company has an opportunity to clear the scene. It is up to them to ensure that the warning devices are clearly visible and in good working order. 

Our personal injury attorneys in New Orleans do what it takes to get our clients the maximum amount of financial compensation allowed by law. 

In rural areas, a train neglecting to sound its horn could result in an accident, particularly at crossings with no gate. A lot of railroad crossings only have crossbucks or lights. Obstructed sightlines make the train or the crossing itself hard to see. In some instances, private crossings are upheld by a property owner instead of the railroad company.

If you sustained an injury during any kind of accident, contact our Louisiana personal injury law firm at 504-688-3494 or 504-822-2222. Schedule a free case examination with a member of our legal team of accident attorneys in Louisiana as soon as possible.

Note: These posts are constructed with the use of secondary sources. These sources include but are not limited to local and state news stories, local and state police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about injury accidents that take place in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. We did not independently verify the fact surrounding this accident. If you locate any information that is inaccurate, please contact our firm and we will correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will also remove this post upon request.

Disclaimer: These posts are created to raise awareness about the dangers of driving in Louisiana. We hope that by casting light on serious accidents like this one, other drivers will take heed, and avoid being seriously injured in a similar accident. This post is not a solicitation for business. The information contained in this post is not intended to be legal or medical advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the accident scene.

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