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So my buddy was in a train crash yesterday…

Written By: Gary on May 31, 2006 4 Comments

Clickondetroit.Com.TrainSo yesterday I knew Mark was on a train home from Battle Creek and gave him a ring just to see if he was home yet. He was still in Jackson. Turns out they hit a dump truck crossing the tracks on a private drive (the driver was likely killed instantly). He said a few of them got thrown to the ground as they stopped (which took about a 1/2 mile). They were in the car directly behind the engine (remember that if you watch the videos) and he said the windows turned black with smoke. Fifteen people had minor injuries and went to the hospital. They were then emergency bussed to the train station (city and school busses) and waited for hours to get another bus back home (I think he was supposed to get back around 2 and got back around 6:30…

He’s fine (mostly fine, today he’s complaining about his back) so that’s a good thing. This WLNS news report has 3 different videos (all with a little more info) if you’re interested. I don’t know how long they’ll keep the story/videos (which I never did get to play on my Mac, does yours play it).

I could be wrong but I don’t think they gave any of these people a free train trip or anywhere to call if they had problems after or anything. He did say the Red Croos showed up at the train station to hand out water and check on people.

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4 Responses to “So my buddy was in a train crash yesterday…”

  1. Kirsi says on: 31 May 2006 at 1:34 pm

    Glad to hear your friend is okay!

  2. Kevin says on: 31 May 2006 at 5:05 pm

    Woah, sorry to hear about this. But I am glad he’s okay. He does need to have his back checked out, though. Those injuries can get very serious very quickly.

  3. vox says on: 1 June 2006 at 8:45 pm

    He should lobby for more safety precautions and separating railroad tracks from streets.

  4. Gary Said... says on: 5 October 2007 at 11:23 pm

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