Driver flees after car vs. Amtrak crash

Published 9:20 am Thursday, October 8, 2020

BERRIEN COUNTY — A crash occurred before 7 p.m. Wednesday when an Amtrak train and a vehicle collided north of US-12 between Niles and Buchanan.

According to Michigan State Police, the crash occurred after the driver of a 2000 El Dorado attempted to drive around the stop arms, disregarding train crossing signals and warning alarms. At the same time, a train heading east from Chicago was unable to completely brake before the collision. It ultimately came to a stop a quarter-mile from the initial site of the crash.

The driver then fled the scene, but was later found by police at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital seeking treatment for minor bumps and bruises.

According to police, no one on the train was injured, and no drugs or alcohol are suspected to have been factors in the crash.

According to MSP, the driver was issued citations for the traffic violations that occurred before the crash took place.