One Man Is Dead After Being Struck By Amtrak Train

GRASS LAKE, MI (WLNS) – One man is dead after being struck by an Amtrak Train Saturday evening.

It happened just after 6 p.m. west of North Union Street in Grass Lake Township.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, the train was traveling from Jackson to Ann Arbor when it struck the man on the tracks.

Amtrak Train, Wolverine 352 was carrying 139 passengers; no one on board was hurt.

However, the man, who police believe intentionally went onto the tracks, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Vernae Graham, a spokesperson for Amtrak, said the collision did cause a back-up.

“At this particular incident, this is what we call a trespasser strikes, when someone is not supposed to be legally on the tracks,” Graham said. “As a result of this incident, Train 352 was delayed two hours and 58 minutes and the train going in the opposite direction from Pontiac to Chicago, 355, was delayed one hour and 10 minutes.”

Police are not releasing the name of the man at this point as they work to notify his family members.

A statement from the Sheriff’s Department was released today, saying, “Sheriff Rand reminds people of the dangers trains can pose and urges citizens to not trespass on rail property or rail lines. If you do observe someone trespassing on train tracks, do not hesitate to call 911.”

Stay with 6 News for any updates on this developing story.

 

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