ROYAL OAK, MI – The Royal Oak Police Department in conjunction with Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and CN Railroad Police, investigated an accident involving a pedestrian and an Amtrak train.
On Saturday, August 6th, 2016, at approximately 1:17 a.m., officers and Royal Oak firefighters responded to the railroad crossing located at S. Washington and Sherman Drive after receiving a 911 call a pedestrian was struck by a train. The victim was unconscious when first responders arrived on the scene and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Investigators determined the 27-year-old Royal Oak resident, disregarded the activated warning signals and lowered crossing arm, to film a northbound freight train traveling on the east set of tracks. While standing on the west set of tracks, he was struck from behind by an approaching Amtrak train. Witnesses reported the train conductor was sounding the horn and the crossing signals were active and working properly when the accident occurred.
The victim was released from the hospital after receiving treatment for his injuries and is expected to fully recover. He was issued a violation for disregarding the railroad crossing signal. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in this incident.