Amtrak train hit Detroit, MI fire engine parked on tracks; firefighter injured

Legal News for Michigan Train Accident Attorneys. An commuter train struck a Detroit fire truck, which was parked on the tracks for unknown reasons.

One firefighter was injured in the crash between an Amtrak train and a fire truck.

Detroit, MI (News)—A fire truck was struck by an oncoming Amtrak train after it parked on the train tracks during an accident investigation this morning, Monday, March 1, 2010. A firefighter suffered minor injuries during the incident, according to information provided by the Detroit News.

A motor vehicle collision (MVC) involving a car and a tractor-trailer prompted Detroit Fire Department firefighters as well as officials from the Detroit Police Department (DPD) to be dispatched the scene. The Ladder 13 fire truck stopped on the tracks upon its arrival at the accident scene, though it is unsure as to why it was illegally parked there. Someone at the scene reportedly noticed the train coming and quickly yelled to notify the firefighters. They subsequently “jumped in the rig and tried to get it off the tracks in time, but were unsuccessful”. The fire engine was struck broadside by the westbound Wolverine Train 353, which was en route to Chicago, Illinois at the time. On impact, the train was reportedly crushed and dragged along the train tracks, near John Kronk and Lonyo streets.

One unidentified firefighter apparently suffered a laceration on his head and was transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital to be treated for his minor injuries. None of the other firefighters allegedly sustained any injuries in the train-related crash, although one passenger aboard the train was taken to the hospital for complaints of neck pain after the incident. In response to the accident, executive fire commissioner James Mack reportedly stated, “I’m very upset. I’m going to make it known that this is not acceptable and we’ll do some training… This was a disservice to the citizens. It’s their fire truck– they paid for it.” The $600,000 fire engine was seemingly damaged beyond repair after the collision. Investigations are expected to be underway.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Michigan Train Accident Lawyers.

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