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1 dead after Amtrak train hits pickup truck in Michigan

Posted at 7:24 AM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 10:07:12-05

Police say one man was killed when an Amtrak train crashed into a pickup truck west of Kalamazoo.
The crash occurred Tuesday night in Lawton. Police Chief Jeffrey Mack says emergency responders found the man outside the pickup when they arrived on the scene. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Mack says witnesses told investigators they heard the truck's engine revving just before the crossing's warning lights and bell activated.

"Witnesses indicated that it sounded like the vehicle was trying to remove itself from the tracks when they heard the train alarms activate. Shortly after that they heard the collision," said Mack.

Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds says Blue Water Train 364 was traveling from Chicago to Port Huron, Michigan, when it hit the vehicle around 7:30 p.m. Leeds says there were no injuries reported to the crew or the train's 215 passengers.

Authorities say the man who died was not from the area.