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Man Hit By Amtrak Train Dies

Posted at 12:13 PM, Apr 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-25 09:31:12-04

amtrakHOLLAND, Mich. — A man struck by the Pere Marquette Amtrak train Monday night died Tuesday.

The man was identified as Ricky Pickett, 52, of Holland. The passenger train was on the return trip from Chicago.

Holland police believe alcohol may have been a factor.

Emergency personnel first received calls around 9;21 p.m. that a man had been struck by a train at Lincoln Avenue and 17th Street. First reports said the man had been sleeping on or near the tracks.

Amtrak passenger Gilbert Gonzalez captured cell phone video and posted it on YouTube. (NOTE: Language is not safe for work.)

(View another video from Gonzalez: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jo7hQUNb6A&list=UUyC_Ob_kBRL9ZEHItpQ0tBw&index=2)