Man jumps from vehicle before train hits it

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Clinton Township — A man jumped from his vehicle early Tuesday to avoid an oncoming train, according to police.

“The car was stuck on the tracks, and the conductor saw the person leave the car before impact,” Sgt. Deena Terzo said.

The incident occurred around 6 a.m. at Weybridge and Groesbeck, just north of 16 Mile. The man attempted to drive his vehicle over a section of tracks that had been closed for construction. The man appeared uninjured and left the scene, said Terzo.

“More than likely, it’s going to be handled as a hit-and-run,” she said, adding police visited a home belonging to the vehicle’s registered owner. “I know they were looking for the driver, but I don’t know if they made contact with him.”

Terzo said no one was at the home visited by police.

The tracks were closed for about two hours as police and train officials assessed the scene.

“They’ve got the train moving now,” said Terzo, just before 8 a.m. “The car should be gone.”

Motorists are advised to avoid the area as Weybridge and 16 Mile remain closed.