Update: Michigan City man killed in car-train accident identified

UPDATE AUG. 3: MCPD has identified the victim as William Wilkinson, 67, of Michigan City. Police say alcohol and/or drugs were not a factor in the accident.

Original information:

A 67-year-old Michigan City man was killed Aug. 2, 2018, after he apparently disregarded signals at the Eastwood/Tryon roads intersection and his car was struck by an Amtrak train.

Michigan City Police said the accident happened at about 7:26 a.m. They found the man’s 2014 Honda Accord embedded in the front of the train about 500 yards from impact. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.      

The westbound Amtrak train was traveling at 59 mph at the time of the crash. The train was occupied by 198 passengers and four crew members; no injuries were reported.

The Michigan City Bus Department took some of the train’s passengers to the South Shore station to catch another train. Amtrak buses took some passengers to Chicago.

Besides MCPD, emergency responders were LaPorte County EMS, the LaPorte County Coroner’s Office, Amtrak Police, and CSX Police.

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