Conductor, driver injured in accident at train crossing on 15 Mile

By: Sherri Kolade | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 5, 2018

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A 49-year-old train conductor suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a vehicle at around 3:46 a.m. July 5 near 15 Mile Road and the railroad tracks between Mound and Van Dyke roads.

The vehicle was driven by a 19-year-old Warren resident, who suffered minor injuries, according to a press release from the Sterling Heights Police Department.

Lt. Mario Bastianelli, public information officer for the Sterling Heights Police Department, said that the driver was in stable condition when he last heard from hospital officials the morning of July 5.

According to the press release, the conductor, from Macomb Township, had left the train to manually close the roadway at 15 Mile Road because of a crossing gate issue.

The Warren resident, traveling east on 15 Mile, struck the conductor, who was taken to a hospital. He was reported to be in stable condition with serious but not immediately life-threatening injuries.  The driver had minor injuries.

Bastianelli added that when the emergency gates of the railroad crossing were having issues it is protocol for the conductor to stop the train and put out emergency flares. Before the conductor could put down the flares, he was struck.

Bastianelli said that the incident is still being investigated, and drugs and alcohol do not seem to be factors for either individual.  

“He was not under influence or anything,” Bastianelli said of the driver.

The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, according to the release.

Fifteen Mile Road was completely closed at the tracks for 2 1/2 hours.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact the Sterling Heights Traffic Safety Bureau at (586) 446-2948.