SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI – A suspected drunk driver was arrested just before 1:00AM Sunday morning when his Dodge Charger ended up on some railroad tracks where a train hit and destroyed it.
On August 19th, 2018, Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to southbound Anderson Road, near Edgar Road, for a reported collision between an unattended motor vehicle and a southbound Canadian National Railway train.
Upon their arrival, the arms of railroad gate were in the down position and the signal lights were flashing. Deputies spoke with the driver, a 45 year old man from Watrerford Township, and the passenger of the 2015 Dodge Charger to inquire how the crash occurred. The driver appeared confused and under the influence of alcohol.
The driver indicated that his GPS advised him to turn left. The driver turned left on to the railroad tracks were he became stuck. He was looking to turn left on Edgar Road, which was approximately ¼ mile south of the railroad tracks. The driver and his passenger exited the vehicle and within minutes a southbound train came through and struck the vehicle sending it 250 feet from the original location. After the collision, the train came to a stop and CN Railroad notified the Pontiac terminal of the collision. There were no reported injuries.
Deputies completed their crash report and conducted an investigation regarding the driver’s sobriety. The driver was subsequently arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated. He was lodged at the Oakland County Jail pending the issuance of criminal charges. The passenger was released at the scene.