A 23-year-old woman driving an SUV stopped her vehicle on the train tracks at Plank Road and Choctaw Drive, stayed parked there, turned up the music inside the vehicle and was hit by a train Monday morning just before 8 a.m.
The driver was partially ejected after the train hit the vehicle and knocked it over on the tracks, Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.
McKneely said police are unsure why the woman stopped and parked on the tracks.
The driver was taken to Baton Rouge General Medical Center with moderate to serious injuries, McKneely said.
A man and three children also were inside the SUV but they were not injured, McKneely said.
The train was not moving too fast, McKneely said. The engineer pulled the emergency brake before reaching the vehicle.
McKneely said other motorists tried to get the woman’s attention telling her to move.
McKneely said it’s possible the woman could not hear the train because of the loud music.