photo: WWJ/Mike Campbell

Train Conductor Struck By Car At Railroad Crossing

July 05, 2018 - 8:50 am

STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) - A train conductor was struck and injured by a car while trying to adjust a malfunctioning crossing gate in Sterling Heights.

It happened around 3:45 a.m. Thursday along 15 Mile Road between Van Dyke and Mound Road. 

"The gates were malfunctioning for the railroad track at that intersection. Apparently it's protocol for the conductors to stop their train, get out and try to address the issue or the safety concern or why the gates are malfunctioning," Lt. Mario Bastianelli told WWJ's Mike Campbell.

The conductor was out trying to manually close the gates when a car drove through and struck him. He received what were described as non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. He was last reported in stable condition. 

The driver involved, a 19-year-old Warren resident, received minor injuries in the crash and was treated at the scene. Bastianelli said it doesn't appear the driver was at fault.

"For sure the one thing is that there was no alcohol or drugs that appear to be a factor in the accident," he said. 

Both 15 Mile and 14 Mile roads were closed during the police investigation, due to the stopped train, but have since reopened to traffic.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact police at 586-446-2948.