Man dies after he's hit by train in Royal Oak

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A man who was on the train tracks Wednesday morning near downtown Royal Oak died after being hit by a train, officials said.

A man who was allegedly trespassing on the train tracks in downtown Royal Oak was hit by a train Wednesday morning, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.

“A trespasser was obstructing the path of a train, and was hit,” said Marc Magliari, an Amtrak spokesman. The crash occurred at 5:50 a.m., Royal Oak officials say. Amtrak was first alerted about 6:15 a.m.

The man died as a result, said Jim Cook, assistant chief of the Royal Oak Fire Department.

Amtrak train 351, part of its Wolverine line, was en route to Chicago. That trip has been delayed so that EMS can respond, Magliari said.

Magliari added that Amtrak crews have the right to seek relief “for compassionate reasons” after being part of a traumatic incident, such as operating a train that hit a pedestrian. The crew of the 351 has chosen to do that.

A new crew is en route; once they arrive and once authorities give the all-clear, the train will continue to Chicago.

None of the train’s passengers or crew were injured in the crash, Magliari said.

Local authorities are taking the lead on the investigation, a spokeswoman with the Federal Railroad Administration said. That includes Royal Oak Police, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, along with CN Railroad Police.

The victim has not yet been identified, and his family has not yet been notified, officials say.

Catalpa will be closed at Maxwell until the investigation is complete.