1 killed in semi, train crash – WSBT


Officials say a 77-year-old driver of a semi-truck from Illinois has died in a collision with a slow-moving freight train in southwestern Michigan.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/OHchI0 ) the driver is identified as Bobby Abell, of Quincy.

The St. Joseph County sheriff’s department says the crash around 5 p.m. Thursday near White Pigeon caused at least one car on the train to derail and tip, blocking traffic in the area.

A train worker was also injured while standing on the railing outside the engine. He was in the process of shifting positions when the crash happened. He suffered minor injuries.

An autopsy is planned to determine whether Abell had a medical problem that may have led to the crash, which is under investigation. Witnesses told investigators that the semi-truck driven by Abell didn’t appear to slow down prior to the collision with the train.