Apr 8, 2013

Man Hit And Killed By Amtrak Train In Detroit

An Amtrak train hit and killed a man who was walking on train tracks Sunday afternoon, according to Detroit police.

Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens said the man, who is believed to be in his 50s but was not immediately identified by authorities, was walking at about 3:15 p.m. on tracks near 15th Street and West Warren Avenue when the train struck him from behind.

The train, Amtrak 350, was traveling on the Wolverine line from Chicago to Pontiac. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said it was carrying about 109 passengers. No passengers or crew members were hurt, he said.

Magliari said the train was stopped between 14th Street and Grand River Avenue for three hours and 45 minutes as authorities investigated. It had been scheduled to leave Pontiac just before 6 p.m. and travel back west to Chicago as Amtrak 355; there was about a 90-minute delay in that service.

Magliari said he didn’t have specific information about the operations of the train as it approached the man but noted that trains are equipped with bells, lights and horns. The train had two locomotives and six rail cars.

“These kinds of incidents are always avoidable by the pedestrian if they would not trespass on railroad property and heed the warnings of the approaching train,” Magliari said. “They’re always tragic, but always avoidable by the pedestrian if they follow safety practices.”

Stephens said she could not confirm one news report that said the man was seen wearing headphones as he walked on the tracks. She said Detroit police homicide investigators are handling the case. Amtrak is also investigating.

Magliari said the section of track where the man was struck is owned by the company CN.

Source: Detroit Free Press


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