Train accident closes Dearborn intersection

From the Detroit Free Press
Feb. 4, 2011

Dearborn Police are investigating a crash this afternoon involving an Amtrak train and a City of Dearborn utility tractor that has left a 46-year-old city employee from Redford Township with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash occurred at 12:10 p.m. at Monroe south of Michigan Avenue, police said. A preliminary investigation indicated that the city employee was plowing snow along a sidewalk on the east side of Monroe when the blade of the plow became engaged with a rail on the train tracks.

The tractor driver tried to disengage the plow blade and reverse the tractor, police said, but was unable to avoid being struck by the train traveling westbound.

The tractor driver was taken to Oakwood Hospital where she is being treated.

Police Chief Ronald Haddad said in a written statement that he was relieved that the employee did not have more extensive injuries. Police have reopened Monroe Street south of Michigan Avenue to traffic.