Car stuck on tracks is cut in half by Amtrak train near Kalamazoo

From The Kalamazoo Gazette:

carcutinhalf1Two individuals escaped injury on Aug. 28, 2014 in Oshtemo Township after their car was cut in half by a westbound Amtrak train.

At approximately 10 p.m., a Chevrolet Monte Carlo heading north on 4th Street near Stadium Drive became lodged on railroad tracks at a crossing closed for maintenance after the driver proceeded around closure barriers on the street, Deputy Ron Kelly from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department said.

“They tried to make a short cut over the railroad tracks,” he said. “The car got stuck on the tracks and then the train hit it.”

After getting out of their stuck vehicle, the two individuals watched as a westbound Amtrak train headed for Chicago carrying 188 passengers and traveling at approximately 60 miles per hour sliced their car in half, Kelly said.

carcutinhalf2The train was stopped a short distance from the crossing but later continued toward Chicago.

In addition to facing misdemeanor charges, the driver of the vehicle will also be liable for costs associated with damage to the Amtrak train, Kelly said.

“They’re going to have to pay for brake damage to the train,” he said.