ROYAL OAK (WWJ) – An Amtrak passenger train is at a stop in Royal Oak after fatally striking a pedestrian.

The situation unfolded just before 6 a.m. Wednesday near Catalpa Drive and Maxwell Avenue, just east of Woodward Avenue.

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“One individual was struck by a train. We are still investigating in conjunction with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department,” Lt. David Clemens told WWJ’s Charlie Langton.

No passengers were injured.

Police have not yet identified the victim. Officials with Amtrak say the individual was trespassing on the tracks, which are elevated on private property, and “obstructed the path of the train.”

The train, which was going from Pontiac to Chicago, is delayed but will continue to its destination after the police investigation, Amtrak said.

Arthur Fallow, who lives in the area, said the sounds of police sirens cut through the silence of the night.

“Just about 5:30 in the morning, I heard the sirens coming down the road. The sirens quit and I knew they were really outside, so I came out and saw all the activity that was going on and they were jumping the fence and running up and checking the tracks,” Fallow said. “It was pretty intense, five police cars, fire truck, an ambulance — they don’t just come out here for a dead bird.”

Catalpa is currently blocked to traffic. Motorists are urged to avoid the area.

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