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Bicyclist Hit By Train In Southwestern Oakland County

June 04, 2019 - 5:48 pm

SOUTH LYON (WWJ) - It was a close call, authorities say, but an elderly bicyclist is expected to be OK after he was hit by a freight train in southwestern Oakland County.

According to South Lyon police, the 76-year-old man was riding in the bike lane across the tracks, just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, when the arms went down.

The operator of the two-car CSX train saw the man, blew the horn and hit the emergency brakes, police said, but couldn't stop in time. The train was traveling at around 15 mph when it knocked the man off his bike, then pulling the bike under the wheels of the train. 

The bicyclist, identified as a resident of Livingston County's Green Oak Township, admitted to being distracted, telling police that he didn't see the train until it was too late.

He was treated by EMS for minor injuries at the scene and then taken to a local hospital for observation.

An investigation is ongoing. 

Police said traffic would be slow on 10 Mile Rd. at Reynold for at least a couple of hours due to the train slightly blocking the westbound lanes.