KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI – Michigan State Police are investigating an accident that occurred between an Amtrak train and a minivan.
Michigan State Police investigators on the scene say all of those victims were in their teens or early twenties.
The fatal car accident was near 11th Street and West KL Avenue in Oshtemo Township when their car was struck by a train.
The driver of a minivan ignored the safety arms at the railroad tracks and went around the gate. It was at that time when the Amtrak train, traveling at approximately 80 miles per hour, hit the vehicle around 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 killing three people. Upon impact, the minivan was split into 3 pieces.
The Fire Chief states that witnesses told him the car drove around train crossing barrier gate after it was down and lights were flashing
The driver, along with two other passengers, were killed according to authorities at the scene.
11th Street was shut down at KL Avenue after the fatal crash. Reports are that car parts were scattered all the way into Kalamazoo. No one on the train was injured.
The train was serving the Wolverine line and was eastbound at the time, from Chicago to Detroit, carrying about 150 passengers. It was stopped for about four hours after the crash and started moving again after 8 p.m.