IMLAY CITY (WWJ) – School officials say a 6th grader has been struck and killed by a train.
According to a statement released by Imlay City Community Schools Superintendent Gary Richards, Thomas Rodriguez was walking to school when he was hit by the train traveling westbound near Third Street and Handley in Imlay City.
“We are deeply distressed by this tragedy and the loss of Thomas. We extend our heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the Rodriguez family,” Richards said.
A district crisis response team is on site to assist grieving students and teachers.
Police said the gate was down at the time of the accident and that the warning lights were operating.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to contact the Imlay City Police Department at (810) 724.2345.
The student’s death comes as SEMCOG reports that train crashes have fallen in southeast Michigan by 38 percent. Also down, the number of motorcycle and bike crashes, car-deer accidents and alcohol related crashes. Overall, though, SEMCOG said that the number of accidents were up in 2010 over the year before.