ATM incident leads to car on train tracks

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac man sustained minor injuries following a traffic accident that began at an ATM and ended on the train tracks, according to the Dowagiac Police Department.

At approximately 3:25 p.m. Tuesday, Dowagiac police were dispatched to a traffic crash where a vehicle drove through a fence and was sitting across the railroad tracks. Officers responded and located the vehicle sitting on the railroad tracks adjacent to Depot Dr. near Commercial St. in Dowagiac.

The investigation revealed that Larry Starrett, 73, of Dowagiac, was at the ATM located at the First Source Bank attempting to use the ATM.  While leaning out of the vehicle to use the ATM, Starrett accidently accelerated and drove through the parking lot, across Depot Drive and drove through the fence along Depot Dr. coming to rest on the railroad tracks.

Starrett sustained minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Ascension Borgess Lee Hospital by PRIDE Ambulance for treatment of minor non-life-threatening injuries.

Alcohol or drugs were not a factor in this crash, according to the police department.

Dowagiac Police were assisted at the scene by the Dowagiac Fire Department, PRIDE Ambulance, and the Michigan State Police.