Amtrak Train Hits Man In Holland

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HOLLAND, Mich. — An Amtrak train struck a pedestrian in  Holland on Monday night.

Capt. Robert Buursma of the Holland Police Department told FOX 17 News that the 52-year-old man from Holland was apparently sleeping at the side of the railroad tracks at 17th Street and Lincoln Avenue when he was struck by an Amtrak passenger train around 9:20 p.m. Monday.

The engineer spotted the man and tried to stop the train but was unable to do so in time.

The man was seriously injured, was treated at the scene, and then was transported to Holland Community Hospital, where no condition report was available Monday evening.

The train was en route from Chicago at the time of the incident. There were no reports of injuries on the train.

Police were on the scene for about an hour before the area was cleared.

 

Amtrak passenger Gilbert Gonzalez captured cell phone video and posted it on YouTube. (NOTE: Language is not safe for work.)

 

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8 comments

  • Danny Higgins

    whoever posted the video could you give me an E-mail. I just want to understand what happened. that’s my uncle and we are getting different stories. I thought in the video someone said he was hit by the back of the train but I couldn’t understand it and I can’t watch that a second time.wmmmf420@mail.com

  • EmVee

    There was a lot of conflicting information. I was told that he was sitting on the tracks with the bicycle parked. It was said that his blood alcohol level was too high to be registered.

    • EMVee

      People in the video were mainly trying to understand what happened. We didn't actually SEE anything and only knew about it because the conductor came on and said we hit someone on the tracks. As you can tell, it was really dark out, too, so visibility wasn't very good. The ONLY reason we saw much of anything was due to the cop car lights, etc. It's not like we were able to see the man sitting/laying there before he was hit. Only the engineer and Amtrak employees would have had the ability to see.

  • Barbara

    This dispectiful person making this video doesn't know anything other then what he wants to see and to say things that he has no clue what is going on is wrong. He wants his five minute fame and got it. Fox News 17 needs to also question things before they let his video be put on their page. Fox News 17 is being disrespectful to this mans family. When the true story comes out it will be told to another News channel I will make certain of this. Your freedom of speech has been disrespectful to this mans family.