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Kalamazoo man hit by train, hospitalized in stable condition

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Cruiser
Posted at 9:31 AM, Apr 25, 2020

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — After being struck by a train early Friday evening, the man hit by a train near Cork Street and South Burdick Street is in stable condition.

At about 5:30 P.M. last night, officers from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety received a report of a subject that was struck by a train near Cork St and S Burdick St. Officers located the pedestrian and the train upon arrival just north of Cork St. and the pedestrian was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is currently listed in stable condition.

During the investigation, it was discovered that the pedestrian was walking southbound on the railroad tracks with headphones on.

The train was also traveling southbound when the engineers observed the pedestrian on the tracks. The train engineers attempted to stop the train and blew extra whistles to gain the pedestrians attention.

Unfortunately, the engineers were unable to stop the train in time and struck the pedestrian while traveling at a slow speed. The pedestrian was issued a citation for trespassing on a railroad right-of-way.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety would like to remind the public that walking, riding, driving or being upon the right-of-way of the railroad is not only illegal but extremely dangerous.

Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at (616)488-8911 or Silent Observer at (616)343-2100.