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No injuries after semi hits Amtrak train in Ottawa County

Posted at 7:10 AM, Apr 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-05 12:52:16-04

ZEELAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities are on scene of crash involving a semi and an Amtrak train in Ottawa County.

It happened in the area of Chicago Drive and 64th Avenue on Monday morning.

Sgt Matt Wildfong with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says no one was injured.

We're told there were 59 people on board the train heading from Grand Rapids to Chicago.

Deputies believe the semi was trying to outrun the train when the two collided. We're told the truck was attempting to make a delivery to a farm in the area.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

Sgt Wildfong says this incident could delay railroad traffic. The driver of the semi may also be cited by deputies for causing the crash.

The train was experiencing mechanical issues as a result of the crash and will be on scene on the tracks until it's able to be moved, according to a news release.

There was no railroad crossing lights at the intersection but there is a sign.

Dispatch urges drivers to to expect traffic backups in the area.

"The railroad is responsible and has the authority for all railroad grade crossings," Ottawa County Road Commission spokesperson Alex Doty said. "At this location, I believe it is CSX railroad that is in charge of the tracks and is ultimately responsible for that crossing location."

The same intersection was the scene of a fatal crash back in 2017, when a 17-year-old girl in her car was hit by a train.

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