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Deadly collision in Slidell

A bizarre accident involving a train and a car took the life of a Slidell woman last night.  Police now say the woman, identified as 57-year-old Bonnie Gibbs, did not try to beat the train but instead drove just off the roadway, getting her car stuck in the gravel.

Slidell Police Detective Daniel Seuzeneau said investigators believe that when Gibbs couldn't free her stuck Ford Taurus, she tried to jump out for safety.

''Unfortunately when the train struck the rear end of her vehicle this caused the vehicle to kind of fling around and clip Ms. Gibbs, causing fatal injuries,'' Seazeneau told WWL First News.

Listen to Daniel Seuzeneau:

The crash occurred at Front and Lafayette streets as Gibbs was driving to Rouses Supermarket.  Bad weather may have contributed to the circumstances.

''We believe due to the rain last night, her vision may have been blurred or obscured, causing her vehicle to leave the roadway and get stuck by the railroad track,'' said Seuzeneau.

At this time no charges are expected to be filed and police remind drivers that trains can travel at speeds up to 55 mph through that crossing.  They don't think drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident.

(photo from Slidell PD)

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