On Thursday just before 7:30 a.m., officers of the Michigan City Police Department were dispatched to the railroad intersect located at Eastwood and Tryon Roads, in reference to a serious bodily injury automobile/train accident. Upon their arrival officers located a severely damaged passenger vehicle imbedded against the front end of an Amtrak train approximately 500 yards from the impact on the tracks. As additional emergency responders arrived it was soon discovered that the sole occupant of the passenger vehicle had died upon impact. A preliminary investigation then revealed that a 2014 Honda Accord was traveling eastbound on Tryon Road when for unknown reasons it crossed the railroad intersect and collided with a westbound Amtrak train traveling 59 miles per hour. The train was occupied by 198 passengers and four crew members in which no injuries were reported. The occupant of the Honda Accord, a reported 67-year-old male from Michigan City was pronounced dead on scene by Deputy Coroner Dwayne Hogan of the LaPorte County Coroner’s Office. At this time, the involvement of drugs or alcohol cannot be ruled out pending further investigation. The Michigan City Bus Department assisted in taking passengers to the South Shore Station to obtain travel into Chicago. Some passengers had chosen their own method of transportation as buses were also brought to the scene by Amtrak to continue the trip to Chicago for the remaining passengers. The Michigan City Police Departments Traffic Division Commander Lt. Jeff Loniewski, is currently conducting further investigation into this unfortunate accident.
August 3rd, 2018|Local News|