Harrison County

Biloxi train crash causes chain reaction, sends woman to hospital

Biloxi police investigate the scene of a car-train accident at the Magnolia Street railroad crossing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
Biloxi police investigate the scene of a car-train accident at the Magnolia Street railroad crossing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

A woman has been sent to the hospital with possible injuries after a train hit her car, pushing it into other cars nearby, including a city police vehicle.

At about 6:48 p.m. Tuesday, a Biloxi officer was conducting a traffic stop on Esters Boulevard just east of Magnolia Street on the north side of the train tracks, Lt. Chris De Back said in a press release.

At the same time, a 30-year-old woman was driving south on Magnolia as a train as headed east toward the intersection. The conductor sounded the horn, but the driver continued south across the tracks, De Back said.

The train hit her car, causing it to roll over on its side and pushing it into the Biloxi police vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe, and the vehicle the officer had stopped.

The train conductor immediately began emergency stop procedures, De Back said.

The woman in the rolled-over car was extricated and taken to a local hospital. De Back said she was alert and conscious, but the extent of her injuries is unknown. The police officer and other driver were not injured.

Police crash investigators responded to the scene, which was cleared by about 9:45 p.m.

The crash happened a few blocks away from where four people were killed when their tour bus was hit by a train in March. Esters Boulevard was named after Biloxi’s first black councilman, Michael Esters, who was killed 34 years ago at the same Main Street where the four people died.

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