SUV On Railroad Tracks Stops Amtrak For 2 Hours

DECATUR TOWNSHIP (AP) – A sport utility vehicle found on railroad tracks in southwestern Michigan prompted officials to suspend Amtrak passenger train travel in the area for about two hours.

The Van Buren County sheriff’s department says the SUV belonging to a 69-year-old Decatur man was in Decatur Township, about two miles west of a rail crossing, on Tuesday morning. Investigators found the man nearby, saying he had been sleeping.

His wife reported he was last seen Monday night and had been having difficulty due to prescription medication.

The man told investigators that he swerved to miss a deer, drove down a maintenance road and through a field and swamp before trying to cross the tracks. The SUV got stuck, so he got out. The man was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

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