One dead in semi, train collision in southern Michigan

Investigators look over a fatal train crash in St. Joseph County, Michigan just across the Michigan border. (Photo courtesy: WOOD-TV)
Investigators look over a fatal train crash in St. Joseph County, Michigan just across the Michigan border. (Photo courtesy: WOOD-TV)

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.

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