Amtrak train hits SUV near 12th Street and Van Slyke Road

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FLINT (WJRT) (8/30/2018) - An Amtrak train loaded with passengers slammed into an SUV near the intersection of 12th Street and Van Slyke Road late Thursday.

The crash happened around 9:40 p.m. on the tracks outside the GM Flint Truck Assembly plant along I-69. The Amtrak Blue Water Line was heading eastbound to Port Huron when the crash occurred.

No passengers or employees on the train were injured. The SUV was empty after apparently getting stuck on the tracks, so nobody was injured in it.

A passenger on the train said he didn't feel or hear the crash. The train just slowed to a stop without warning and Amtrak personnel got on the intercom to explain what happened.

The intersection was closed while police and first responders worked at the scene.

The train was delayed for about two hours before it was able to move from the scene and continue eastbound. It arrived at the Flint station about a mile east around 11:45 p.m.

Amtrak's Blue Water Line was operating normally on Friday.

There was no word on whether the SUV owner would face charges for blocking the tracks. An Amtrak spokesman said there are signs for motorists to call at most crossings that will alert train crews to slow or stop if there's a problem.

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