One dead in semi, train collision in southern Michigan

Increasing clouds Tuesday
Increasing clouds Tuesday

WHITE PIGEON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD/WANE) — A semi-truck driver was killed Thursday when his truck collided with a train near the Indiana border, according to WANE-TV sister station WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Both directions of US-131 were shut down for hours near Indian Prairie Road, just southwest of White Pigeon, Mich. in St. Joseph County. White Pigeon is about 20 miles northwest of LaGrange.

Emergency crews on the scene where a semi-truck and train collided near White Pigeon. (March 20, 2014)

White Pigeon Township Fire Department Assistant Chief Tyler Royce said crews would be on scene for hours clearing the “large-scale incident.”

He said there were no hazards following the crash — no fire and few leaking fluids.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.

Royce could also not say whether the flashing lights at the train track were working properly.

It’s not yet known when the highway will reopen. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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