MOUNT PLEASANT — A man was killed Tuesday afternoon in the Franksville area by apparently driving his vehicle between two pairs of railroad tracks and into an oncoming Amtrak train.
At 2:20 p.m., South Shore Fire Department Battalion Chief Jon Keiser said, authorities received a call of an accident with injuries on the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks near where they cross Kraut Road. Caledonia police were on the scene within about two minutes, he said, but it was not until 2:58 p.m. that the lone occupant could be taken from the vehicle. Keiser called it a “heavy extrication. A lot of cutting.”
Flight for Life had responded, landing in the area, and the victim was taken to an ambulance at the scene for medical treatment, Keiser said, but died at 3:25 p.m. The man’s name was not immediately released, pending full notification of family.
Mount Pleasant Police Chief Tim Zarzecki said witnesses told of seeing the vehicle driving south between the tracks, headed toward the northbound Amtrak train. The wreckage of the vehicle rested about 200 feet south of Kraut Road along the railroad tracks at the point of impact; while the train had passed the collision point and then stopped.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said train 335 was headed to Milwaukee from Chicago at the time. There were no injuries to the 114 passengers or three or four crew members on board, the authorities said.
Magliari declined to say how fast the train would have been traveling at that point in its route or whether the operator tried to stop before the crash; he said that information is part of the investigation.
The train was delayed slightly more than 2 1/2 hours before resuming the trip, Magliari said.