Metairie man dies in train collision

Staff reports

DONALDSONVILLE – A train struck and killed a Metairie man early Wednesday morning, according to Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley.

Michael Young, 32, of 2401 Division St. Apt. F16, Metairie, was hit by a Union Pacific train after apparently being involved in a traffic accident and walking on the railroad tracks, Wiley said.

The train conductor called deputies at 3:18 a.m. and reported he thought he had hit a man who was sitting on the tracks north of Donaldsonville, the sheriff said.

Deputies found a black Hummer in a ditch along Hwy. 1 that appeared to have been traveling toward White Castle when it crossed the opposite lane, left the highway and rolled onto its side in the ditch, Wiley reported. He said no one was present at the scene of that accident.

Wiley said Young is believed to have been the driver of the Hummer, which was found about six-tenths of a mile away from the train accident.

Investigators concluded Young may have been walking north on the tracks toward White Castle since they were told his mother lives near the Iberville Parish town.

The conductor told deputies he saw Young sitting on the tracks and sounded the train’s horn but Young did not respond and the train could not be stopped, Wiley said.

Louisiana State Police handled the vehicle accident, while parish deputies investigated the pedestrian accident, the sheriff said.

The Hummer reportedly belonged to Young’s employer, he said.

He added that no charges are expected, and an autopsy will be done.