Amtrak Train Strikes Dearborn City Employee on Tractor
A city employee was clearing snow on Monroe Street in west Dearborn when her tractor became stuck on the tracks and she was hit by an oncoming train.
An Amtrack train struck a Dearborn city employee riding a tractor to clear snow just after noon Friday. She survived, but suffered several broken bones, fire officials said.
She was driving a small tractor used for clearing snow off of the sidewalks at the time of the accident, which happened at the tracks that cross Monroe Street between the intersections of Park Street and West Village Drive. The operator, a 46-year-old Redford Township resident, was crossing the tracks with the tractor when the blade of the plow got stuck on a rail on the tracks, police said.
The tractor operator saw the train coming and attempted to reverse the tractor, but was struck by the westbound train.
A nearby Parking Enforcement officer was the first on the scene, followed by EMS and fire trucks from Fire Station 2 on Outer Drive.
The woman was transported to Oakwood Hospital, where she was treated for serious, but not life threatening injuries. She was released Feb. 5.
Fire Chief Richard Miller said that the woman was conscious when EMS arrived and that she will survive the ordeal.
"She has some broken extremities," he added, "but she is going to be OK."
Police closed Monroe Street south of Michigan Avenue after the accident, but reopened the area for traffic just before 3 p.m.