Kenosha man hurt after SUV collides with Amtrak train in Mount Pleasant

VILLAGE OF MOUNT PLEASANT -- A 66-year-old Kenosha man was critically hurt Friday morning, June 12th after his SUV collided with an Amtrak passenger train at the railroad crossing on County Highway KR in the Village of Mount Pleasant.

The collision happened shortly before 9:30 a.m. Friday. Investigators say the northbound train was going through the rail crossing. The stop arms were in the down position and the red signal lights functioning. The man in the SUV apparently failed to stop at the crossing -- striking the stop arm. Officials say the SUV continued past the stop arm -- and impacted the side of the train.

Officials say the momentum carried the SUV down the tracks for a significant distance, and a debris field that stretched for about a half mile.

The train did come to a stop -- as there was moderate damage to three of the passenger train cars. The Amtrak train was carrying approximately 70 passengers.

The Kenosha man was taken to United-St. Catherine's Hospital in Kenosha and later transferred to Froedtert Hospital for head trauma. He remains in critical condition.