Over 100 passengers were delayed on Thursday, January 3, when a car crashed into an Amtrak train in Shiawassee County, Michigan.
Reports of a car colliding with a train came in around 9:20 p.m. that day. The Michigan State Police were quickly dispatched to Vernon Township in response. When they arrived at the scene, they found a Chrysler sedan parked in a ditch a short distance away from the stopped train. The driver had already exited the car.
According to Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian Begole, the train hit the car, causing the vehicle to spin off into the ditch before coming to a stop. It was reported that the driver of the car had been driving east and then decided to maneuver around the lowered crossing gates. The vehicle then hit the side of the Amtrak train near the second passenger car. The driver, believed to be a 33-year-old woman, was seen getting out of her car and walking away. According to police, she was later found about a mile from the crash site and was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries. The railroad crossing gates are believed to have been operating correctly and the investigation is considering alcohol to have been a factor.
According to Amtrak officials, the involved train was from the Bluewater Line. It had departed from Chicago with 108 passengers aboard and was headed to Port Huron. Luckily, no injuries were reported among the people onboard. After they were released from the scene around midnight, the passengers were safely transported to their Port Huron destination by bus.