Amtrak hits truck in Caledonia, driver flown to hospital

A Racine man, 41, was taken to the hospital by Flight for Life after suffering serious injuries when the pickup truck he was driving was struck by an Amtrak train in Caledonia Monday, Sept. 6.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. on 7 Mile Road.

According to officials, the driver of the pickup truck was ejected from the vehicle after it was struck by the train, which was traveling at 79 miles per hour. Bystanders on the scene tried to render aid before first responders arrived. The man was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

The Amtrak train was damaged in the crash, but no one on board was hurt.

A preliminary investigation revealed the driver of the Ford F150 attempted to drive past the railroad gates, which were down and functioning properly at the time.

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