Jennings, LA Pickup And Train Collision, Mar 1963


American Press Correspondent.
Jennings (Spl.) -- A three-months-old Jennings girl was killed and her mother and sister injured at 7:52 a.m. today in a train-pickup collision in Jennings.
Dead is CHERYL FONTENOT, baby daughter of MR. and MRS. DAVID G. FONTENOT, of 1743 North Cutting Avenue.
The injured were identified as the baby's mother, MRS. SANDRA DEROUEN FONTENOT, 18, driver of a 1951 pickup and CINTY FONTENOT, 2. They were taken to the Jennings American Legion Hospital.
Texas and New Orleans Southern Pacific train No. 408 was traveling east, and the pickup truck was traveling south on Cary Avenue, according to City Policeman Gilbert Touchet.
Arrested and jailed in Jennings was G. L. WILLIAMS, 36, of 123 West Fach Street, Lafayette, an engineer, who was aboard the train.
V. A. GATES, 47, of 317 St. Patrick Street, Lafayette, was serving as engineer at the time of the accident, according to city police. He was apprehended and taken off the train in Rayne, officers stated. Investigation was incomplete at press time.

Lake Charles American Press Louisiana 1963-03-23