Sterling Heights police are investigating a crash involving a pedestrian that happened early Thursday, officials said.

The crash has left a 49-year-old man in stable condition but with serious injuries, they said. It also closed 15 Mile to traffic for more than two hours.

Police and rescue personnel at 3:46 a.m. responded to railroad tracks on 15 Mile between Mound and Van Dyke for a report about an injury accident, according to authorities.

An preliminary investigation showed a train conductor exited a train to manually close the roadway at 15 Mile because of a crossing gate problem, police said.

A 19-year-old Warren man who was driving a gray Chevrolet Impala east on 15 Mile struck the train conductor, they said.

Authorities said the conductor was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The Impala's driver sustained minor injuries.

Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash, police said, and the driver is cooperating with the investigation.

Anyone with information about the crash should call the Sterling Heights Police Department's Traffic Safety Bureau at (586) 446-2948.

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