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UPDATE: Ball Train Accident

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BALL, La. -- A Pineville man is still recovering, after being hit by a train in Ball this weekend.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office tells us on Saturday, 23-year-old Logan Coody was hit by a train near the railroad crossing on Highway 1204.

Deputies say they aren't sure why he was on the tracks.

Both RPSO and Union Pacific Railroad are investigating the accident.

Logan Coody is listed in serious condition.


BALL, La. -- Those train tracks run right through a neighborhood in Ball.

News Channel Five's Brooke Buford talked to neighbors about what they do to keep their families safe with a railroad right in their backyard.

Eugenia Francois says her neighborhood along Highway 1204 is the perfect place to raise her family.

"We've never had any kind of problems here," she said. "Just a good little community to live in."

But, she says a set of railroad tracks right down the street are a reminder to be on the alert for her family's safety.

"We can always hear the trains," she said. "We keep the children here in the yard and not let them walk down there. But, we do see children that walk these roads constantly."

She says walking near the tracks isn't the only danger, driving over them is risky too.

"If the lights are flashing, you have to really watch because it doesn't give you much time," she said. "There is nothing that comes down to stop the vehicles."

The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office says although they haven't had many problems in the neighborhood with trains, it's still important to be careful when you're near them.

"When you approach railroad tracks, not all have stops signs or the arm guards," said Major Mark Wood with RPSO. "But, when you approach a railroad crossing, you need to stop. You need to look both ways. Look twice both ways. You really need to check because if you tangle with a train, odds are you're not going to win."

That's advice that Eugenia says her family follows...

"I'm always telling my kids, when you start driving, make sure you always stop and look," said Francois. "I do stop and look, even when I don't see the light flashing."

Hoping that they continue to stay safe from any oncoming trains.

We called Union Pacific Railroad, the operators of the tracks in Ball, for a comment about the accident. They haven't called us back yet.

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