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Amtrak Train Derails Outside New Buffalo

(New Buffalo Township, MI) - There were no serious injuries from an Amtrak train that derailed Thursday night outside New Buffalo.


The engineer and 10 passengers were treated by local ambulance services, as per the Berrien County Police.


Just before 9:30 p.m. Eastern time, a vehicle was reportedly stuck on the railroad tracks and in the process of being removed by a tow truck at the Lakeside Road crossing beside U.S 12 east of Red Arrow Highway.


A westbound Amtrak train was unable to stop, striking the vehicle and tow truck on the tracks and derailing, yet staying upright.


The approximately 200 passengers on the train were safely evacuated and taken on school buses to New Buffalo High School for temporary shelter. Many passengers were picked up by family members and friends at the school, while the remainder of the people were taken on buses to the Amtrak station in Chicago just before 1 a.m. this morning, per authorities.


Police noted that the incident remains under investigation and that no further details are being provided at this time.

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