updated 2/13/2005 10:42:17 PM ET 2005-02-14T03:42:17

An Amtrak passenger train slammed into a pickup truck Sunday in southeast Louisiana, killing a man and three children, police said.

Chris Crowe, 31, was driving with his 6-year-old daughter, 8-year-old son and his fiance’s 12-year-old daughter when the collision occurred in Roseland, about 40 miles northeast of Baton Rouge.

Police Chief Tommy Cutrer said the truck was pushed down the tracks a couple hundred yards by the train, which was heading from New Orleans to Chicago.

Bennett’s mother was following in her vehicle and witnessed the collision but was too distraught to give investigators a clear picture of what happened.

The crossing has stop signs but no traffic signals, Cutrer said.

The passenger train was delayed for about 90 minutes.

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

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