Train hits unoccupied car on tracks in Macomb Township

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

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.

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