WAYNE, MI – In the five deaths that have occurred in the past week along the Amtrak Wolverine line, none of them appear to be the fault of Amtrak or its operators.
A 12-year-old Westland boy named Raymond Patton was killed by an Amtrak train traveling on the Wolverine line, that travels between Chicago and Pontiac, on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014.
Amtrak Train No. 353 was traveling from Pontiac to Chicago when it struck the boy who was on the railroad tracks at Venoy Road and Michigan Avenue at 11:54 a.m. Raymond, a 7th grader at Franklin Middle School, was walking with a friend when the two decided to try to beat the on-coming train.
The train was carrying 92 passengers. No injuries were reported from passengers or crew members.
Venoy Road south of Michigan Avenue was closed during investigation. Amtrak has not released any further information at this time.
On Thursday evening, November 20th, 2014, a 38-year-old St. Clair Shores man died after being hit near a crossing between South Lotz and Hannan roads in Canton.
Police say the man from St. Clair Shores was hit Thursday night several hundred feet from a railroad crossing in Wayne County’s Canton Township. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities stated that it “appears to be an intentional act on the victims part”.
Three other individuals died on November 18th, 2014 as a result of a drivers decision to go around several cars and then around the railroad gates only to be struck by the Amtrak train that was traveling at some 80 miles per hour.
Authorities stated that the railroad crossing lights, gates and bells were working at the time of the crash that occurred about 4:30 p.m. in Oshtemo Township, which is west of Kalamazoo.
That fatal accident was near 11th Street and West KL Avenue in Kalamazoo County.
Those individuals have been identified as Joshua Cartwright, 21-years-old, Justin Mastin, 19-years-old, and Ashley Melson, 20-years-old.
Michigan State Police stated that the driver involved in the deadly train crash drove around other cars that were stopped at the train crossing signals before being hit. Joshua Cartwright was identified as the driver of that minivan.