Deputies: Woman hit by train, dies trying to pass railroad tracks

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POKAGON TWP, Mich. — A Middlebury woman died after being hit by a train while attempting to cross railroad tracks while signals were engaged, according to Cass County deputies.

It happened Friday afternoon around 3:44 p.m. Witnesses say they saw a vehicle driven by Barbara Schult, 66, pass them eastbound towards the Pokagon Highway railroad crossing. They say they saw her attempt to cross over the railroad tracks while the gates were down and signals on indicating an incoming train.

An engineer in the train, 52-year-old David Morgan of Battle Creek, saw the vehicle enter the crossing and pressed the emergency break. The train didn’t stop in time, and collided into Schult’s vehicle. She was declared dead at the scene.

Morgan was taken to the Lakeland hospital in Niles for treatment.

The crash remains under investigation. At this time, authorities aren’t sure if a seat belt or alcohol use was known.

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4 comments

  • B. Benjamin

    “Misjudging” the train’s speed, as one statement said, is no excuse. You DO NOT GO AROUND CROSSING GATES. PERIOD.

    How long does it take to wait for a short Amtrak train going 110 mph? Was this lady so foolish as to trade those few seconds for infinity? Didn’t she gain any wisdom from her 66 years?

    FOOL.

  • Horsewaggled

    UPDATE: Driver identified in Amtrak train accident
    Google map location 41.9127418,-86.1753549

    How is this piece of carp railroad crossing even legal? The sign says high speed rail so the train driver wouldn’t even have time to think oh shirt mush less hit the brakes. Pretty plain to see how a driver could be bamboozled into the death trap crossing. High Speed Trains even suppose to go through at grade crossings?

    No wonder Amtrak kills people at a rate of 300 to ONE for normal drivers in a hundred million miles traveled.

    • MJA

      What “Hornswaggled fails to realize is that the woman motorist deliberately went around three other cars stopped at the crossing. Also, why does he always bring up his usual irrelevant statistics about grade crossing accidents? It seems that he has a big problem with the fact that railroads still exist and serve.