An Amtrak passenger train carrying more than 170 people crashed into a tow truck Sunday in Amite, killing the truck’s driver, according to Amite Fire Chief Bruce Cutrer.
The crash happened at Pope Crossing on U.S. 51 at 1:35 p.m.
Two train passengers sustained minor injuries, and 171 other passengers were evacuated to the nearby Greater Refuge Temple Ministries Church, Cutrer said.
The vehicle, a roll-back tow truck, caused significant damage to the train, Cutrer said.
It is unclear why the tow truck was on the tracks, Cutrer said, and the identity of the driver has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.