Authorities identify man who died after train hit car in Limestone County

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TANNER, Ala. -- One person is dead after a train hit a car in Tanner, according to ALEA.

Alabama state troopers have identified the man killed as Luis Sanchez Cruz, 33 of Athens.

According to officials, the driver was trying to cross the tracks but the train was coming. The crash happened near Laughmiller Road and Hwy 31.

People who work nearby say this is a highly trafficked railroad, but not a highly trafficked road, and even after the accident this morning they still don’t consider it a dangerous crossing.

“I usually cross the road two or three times a day," said Zach Ingrum, who works at Pinnacle Ag down the road from the tracks. "And it’s not the most dangerous. There are definitely crossings that are more dangerous."

State troopers say the call came in at around 6:30 Thursday morning. They say a car traveling along Loughmiller Road didn’t slow down as it was crossing the railroad tracks and was hit on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Workers in the area say they pay attention every time they cross the tracks and have never had a problem.

“Just try to look both ways and not have your radio up too loud so you can hear the train whistle," Ingrum said.

For those that cross the track every day, they say they’ll stay alert.

"We have a good safety program at Pinnacle Ag, and we try to follow our safety plans the best we can," Ingrum said.

State troopers continue to investigate the crash.