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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-09-09 01:11 PM
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5 teens die in car-train crash in Canton Township
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Source: Detroit Free Press

Police say five teens are dead after they drove around a crossing gate and were hit by an Amtrak passenger train this afternoon.

Its very tragic, certainly for the family and friends of the people of the people in the vehicle, but also for our crew, Chicago-based Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said. Theres nothing they can do to stop vehicles from disregarding warnings about an approaching train.

He said there were no indications of any malfunction on the train before the collision at 12:10 p.m.

Witnesses said the teens were headed northbound on Hannon Road between Michigan Avenue and Van Born when they went around crossing gates lowered at the railroad tracks, Canton Township Police Sgt. Craig Wilsher said.

The train pushed the teens car 150 feet to the Lotz Road crossing, and the victims were dead at the scene, he added. No one has reported problems with the crossing gates recently, Wilsher said. . .

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Canton Township is a suburb west of Detroit. Tough story. Stupid thing to do, but those are five young lives snuffed out.

So sorry for the families and the community.
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