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Man OK after being hit by Amtrak train

Posted at 1:42 AM, Feb 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-26 09:51:59-05

ZEELAND TWP. — A man is OK after being hit by an Amtrak train.

The incident happened on 80th Avenue & Chicago Drive in Zeeland Township just before 11:40 p.m. Friday.

Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies say a 24-year-old Grand Rapids man was looking at his cell phone when he went through the railroad crossing arms which were down and activated. His Ford Explorer was immediately hit by an Amtrak train heading eastbound.

The Ford Explorer had extensive damage but the train only sustained minor damage. The train continued to Grand Rapids after an inspection.

The driver was issued a number of civil infractions for causing the accident. Police say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor.