Suspected drunk driver crashes into train, walks away with minor injuries

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VERNON TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (01/03/19) - The driver of a car that collided with an Amtrak passenger train walked away with minor injuries Thursday evening.

However, police believe alcohol played a role in the crash.

It happened around 9:20 p.m at the intersection of Reed and Pittsburgh roads in Shiawassee County's Vernon Township. The rural area is southwest of Durand.

Michigan State Police say the woman, believed to be in her early 30s, was traveling east when her car struck the side of the train in the area of the second passenger car.

The train stopped about a third of a mile down the track from the crash scene with minor damage. None of the 108 passengers on board the train were hurt.

They boarded buses that brought them to their destinations late Thursday night. Vernon Township firefighters helped bring passengers and their luggage to the buses.

Police don't believe there was a problem with the operation of the arm at that crossing.

The woman's Chrysler sedan, which sustained heavy damage on the passenger side, ended up in a ditch and investigators say she got out on her own and walked about a mile on foot before she was picked up.

She was taken to Hurley Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Police are investigating the crash as a drunk driving incident.

Authorities are asking the public to avoid the area while the investigation continues and a portion of that road remains closed.

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