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man killed in amtrak train collision

Thursday, August 02, 2018 13:49 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A 67-year old man was killed Thursday morning when he drove into the path of an Amtrak passenger train on Michigan City's east side.

The name of the victim pronounced dead at the scene will not be released until next of kin have been notified, police said.

According to Michigan City Police, the man was eastbound on Tryon Road before 7:30 a.m. in a 2014 Honda Accord when for unknown reasons he tried venturing over the crossing at Eastwood Road with the train approaching.

The westbound train carrying 198 passengers was traveling 59 miles per hour at impact, police said.

''At this time, the involvement of drugs or alcohol cannot be ruled out pending further investigation,'' said Sgt. Chris Yagelski.

The man was the only occupant of the car.

Nobody on the train was injured, he said.

The crossing is protected by flashing lights and bells.

The severely damaged car was imbedded against the front end of the train when both modes of transportation came to rest about 500 yards from the crossing behind Niemann School.

Police said passengers were taken to the nearby South Shore Railroad station to board a commuter train to finish their trip to Chicago.

Buses also came to the scene for most of the remaining passengers to get to Chicago.

Four women traveling from Holland, Michigan resumed their trip to Chicago with an Uber driver.

They're all friends going to the four-day Lollapalooza music festival which began today in Chicago.

Kelsie Kenney, 19, said she heard what sounded like a ''thump'' and ''tires screeching'' but didn't know what happened until after the train stopped.

''When we like came out of the train it was just really sad to see the car,'' said Mora Downs also 19.

Sabrina Fossi, 19, said reality of what transpired didn't set in for her until stepping off the train.

''Seeing the car and seeing the damage and how destroyed it was made it more real. Obviously, something very really sad happened,'' Fossi said.
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