SAULT STE MARIE, MICH. On June 18th, 2021 at approximately 6:30 p.m. troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Sault Ste. Marie Post responded to a report of a crash between a train and a pickup truck which was towing a boat. The crash happened on the railroad crossing near M-123 Highway and Spruce Street in Trout Lake Township, Chippewa County. Troopers responded and found the pickup truck and boat were heavily damaged. Luckily, there were no injuries to the driver of the pickup or to the train operators.
The driver of the pickup, a 19-year-old man from Fenton, Michigan, was cited for careless driving and released. After a delay, the train was able to proceed on its prior route.
The MSP wishes to remind motorists that injuries and deaths occur at rail crossings every day. Most of these tragedies are preventable. Here are a few reminders for motorists when approaching a railroad crossing:
-Stop, look both ways, turn down your music, and listen. Remember that trains always have the right of way.
-Stop at least 15 feet away from flashing red lights, lowered gates, a signaling flagman or a stop sign.
-Never try to drive around a lowering gate. Never ignore signals, and always use caution.
-Before you begin to cross, wait for gates to fully rise and for all lights to stop flashing
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