Careless driving led to train hitting car in Bangor

Posted at 8:18 PM, Feb 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-06 20:20:00-05
VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. — A driver was cited for careless driving after a train hit his car Friday afternoon in Bangor.
At 1:45 p.m. Friday, John Serdel, 59, of the Bangor area was trying to remove a bank card from his wallet while driving his Chevrolet Lumina on West Monroe Street. Serdel said he noticed flashing lights already activated at a railroad crossing ahead, sped up and was unable to avoid being hit by the train.
The car was struck on the driver side and was thrown out of the train’s path.
Serdel was able to escape quickly from his vehicle without injury.
The train, a CSX freight hauler, was only traveling 20 to 25 mph at the time and was able to stop soon after hitting the car. The train did not sustain any damage but the car was towed from the scene.
Anyone with any information about the incident should contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101.