Train hits unoccupied car on tracks in Macomb Township
Macomb Township — A train struck an unoccupied vehicle late Saturday night, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.
No one was injured.
The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on the railroad tracks off Fairchild between Hall and 21 Mile.
The Sheriff’s Emergency Dispatch Center received a call about a vehicle that was stopped on the railroad tracks.
“The caller, believing that a collision had occurred, called 911 to report a crash,” officials wrote in a release Monday. “In actuality, a car was on the railroad tracks (facing southwest) and a northeastbound train was approaching.”
As deputies arrived on the scene, the train hit the 2014 Dodge Charger head-on, propelling it across Fairchild and onto L’Anse Creuse Public Schools property.
The car was heavily damaged, officials said.
The 23-year-old driver from Shelby Township said he swerved to avoid a deer when his vehicle ended up stuck on the railroad tracks. He reported he got out of his car just before the train hit it.