PENNFIELD TWP., Mich.- Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene of a train vs. car accident early Sunday morning. It happened around 4:45 a.m. on McAllister Rd. near Clarence Blvd.
When they got to the scene deputies were told that the car was partially under the train and no one knew how many people were inside. After investigating and talking to witnesses deputies figured out that the vehicle had been going south on McAllister Rd. when it went off the side of the road where the railroad tracks cross and got stuck up on the tracks. Both the driver and passenger of the car were able to get out safely when they saw the train coming.
Deputies say the Canadian National train was pulling over 100 cars and pushed the car about 100 yards. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department says the driver of the car is a 21-year-old Battle Creek man. He was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs. The vehicle’s passenger is also from Battle Creek.
McAllister Rd. had to be closed for more than 2 hours so the scene could be cleaned up and the tracks could be inspected. The Sheriff’s Department is still investigating.