'Highly intoxicated' man survives train crash on Detroit's west side

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 46-year-old man is in serious condition after he was hit as he sat on train tracks on Detroit's west side early Wednesday morning, police said.

The crash took place about 12:55 a.m. at Joy Road and Asbury Park, said Cpl. Dan Donakowski, a Detroit Police Department spokesman. 

Police believe the victim was "highly intoxicated" at the time of the crash. He was sitting on the tracks and wouldn't budge, even as the operator blew the train's whistle repeatedly. In the end, he was bumped off the tracks by the oncoming train, which was unable to stop.

Medics took the victim to a hospital, where he's listed in serious condition.

Per the U.S. Department of Transportation, CSX owns the railway in that area, which sees an average of 12 trains per day, while 18,000-plus vehicles pass through its intersection with Joy Road. Trains travel at 45 miles per hour there.