Driver Dies In Collision With Amtrak Train

DELTA TWP. (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say the driver of a car near Lansing has died after the vehicle was hit by an Amtrak train heading from Chicago to Port Huron.

An Eaton County Central Dispatch operator said the crash happened about 9:10 p.m. Thursday near Creyts and Lansing roads in Eaton County’s Delta Township.

Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds told The Associated Press early Friday that the about 145 passengers on board were bussed to their final destinations. She says there were no reported injuries to crew or passengers on the train.

The Lansing State Journal reports that Delta Township Fire Chief John Clark says the driver of the car, who was the only person inside the vehicle, was killed.

The Eaton County sheriff’s department was investigating the crash. Investigators were working at the scene early Friday.

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  • Robert Pines

    Does the media ever think
    1. Why wasn’t the train video camera paid for by the tax-payers not seized “immediately”by OUR cops and is being taken off the train by the RAILROAD?
    2. Where is the railroad guy/gal going with that train event recorder with the train speed, lights, horns, brakes, etc…recorded?
    3. Why is that railroad worker taking that box out of the signal house?
    4. Why is that train crew not being tested for drugs/alcohol?
    5. Where is the track video linked to the trains to compensate for the sight distance the train can’t compensate for and get stopped?
    6. Why under the trains there 100s of square feet to have better braking and there is not?
    7. Why there is little fencing along tracks and no lookout towers along the tracks?
    8. Why train stations don’t have gates to open AFTER the train stops so people won’t fall on the tracks?
    9. Why trains go 50/6070/ mph through train stations/towns and they don’t through railyards?
    10. Why RR keep out signs are MILES apart in many places?
    11. Why their had to be witnesses and never are against the railroad and our cops use railroads hear-say?
    12. Why the railroad is allowed around the crime scene at all?
    13. Why the railroads get to self-investigate and Jeffrey Dohmer wasn’t allowed to?
    14. Where the equipment the railroad removes after killing/ injuring someone goes?
    15. Why we are paying the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration millions and they never show up unless the media attention is beyond local level and the railroad needs a good cover story?
    16. How the NTSB /FRA never finds fault with the railroads.
    And on the phoney Operation Lifesaver/Officer on the Train stings ticketing everything in sight.
    1. Why nothing is ever mentioned about any of the above?
    2. Why nothing is mentioned about blind crossings?
    3. Why nothing is mentioned about the missing signals at blind crossings?
    4. Why the so-called Operation Lifesaver people are all ex-railroad or work for the state DOTs?
    5. Why that train is just sitting there forcing the crossing signals to work DARING people to cross?
    6. Why OLI never mentions train speeds which are set too high through populated areas?
    7. Why OLI never mentions the highly toxic cargos of these train bombs going too fast?
    8. How in the world the police can ticket the drivers for stopping behind the gate and not at the stripe on the street which is supposed to be 50 feet from the tracks?
    9. Or if the driver needs to stop 50 feet away why isn’t the gate 50 feet away from the tracks?
    10. Why the railroads crossing signals fail Federal road standards that a signal has to give the drivers time to obey?
    11. That the no green light(safe to proceed) and no yellow light (proceed with caution) on the decades old crossing equipment design are completely missing and the drivers are ticketed when the red comes on right in their face and they can’t possible stop?
    12. That the other 364 days a year the railroads do nothing to keep away people from the tracks and just on the day with media attention they become dirty rotten trespassers with un-Constitional high fines?

  • John Guelff

    ^ lol because if you are hit by a train..IT IS YOUR FAULT it is a mile long and thousands of tons..even if the conductor were drunk it takes a mile to stop a train you moron..What was he suppose to do just stop the train real fast ? give me a break..if you get hit by a train you are a grade A idiot

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