Manchac, LA Train And Truck Collision, Jan 1977


Manchac, La. (AP) - Amtrak's Panama Limited passenger train, nearing the end of its Chicago-to-New Orleans run, plowed into a stalled truck Thursday, killing one man and injuring another.
The train, more than two hours late when the accident happened, continued to New Orleans, 40 miles away, after engineers were questioned briefly by sheriff's officers.
None of the train's passengers were injured. Sheriff's officers said the train reportedly was traveling 79 miles per hour when it hit the pickup truck broadside.
Killed instantly was VICTOR J. MICHEL, 61, of Marrero, a rider in the truck. The driver, BOBBY J. KETCHER, 45, of Hammond, apparently saw the train coming, jumped out and ran.
The train apparently pushed the truck into KETCHER, who was taken to a New Orleans hospital in undetermined condition.
The accident occurred a few miles north of the village of Manchac, in swamps at the west end of Lake Pontchartrain.
In another truck-train accident Thursday in Louisiana. GEORGE F. GUNN, 34, of Des Allemands, was killed when his truck was hit by a Southern Pacific freight train six miles north of Thibodaux.

Monroe News-Star Mouisiana 1977-01-14