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Man killed in train-car collision identified

August 4, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY — A man killed when an Amtrak train collided with his car Thursday morning in Michigan City has been identified as 67-year-old William L. Wilkinson.

The Michigan City resident was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash near the intersection of Eastwood and Tryon roads, according to Michigan City Police.

Wilkinson, the sole occupant of the vehicle, died upon impact, according to police. His 2014 Honda Accord was found embedded against the front end of the Amtrak train about 500 yards from the point of impact on the tracks.

According to Michigan City Police, officers were dispatched at 7:26 a.m. for the car-train collision. Preliminary investigation determined the white Accord was eastbound on Tryon Road when, for unknown reasons, it crossed the railroad intersection and collided with the westbound train, which was traveling 59 mph.

The train had 198 passengers and four crew members, but no injuries were reported.

The Michigan City Fire Department conducted an extraction with the Jaws of Life, but Wilkinson died before he could be taken to a hospital, police said.

Police said Friday that neither drugs, nor alcohol are suspected of being factors in the crash.

The Michigan City Bus Department took some passengers from the Amtrak train to the South Shore Station to continue their trip west, while other passengers took buses provided by Amtrak.

Police Sgt. Chris Yagelski said in a statement the MCPD wished to the Fire Department, “as they went above and beyond to assist in the passenger’s safe exit of the train to buses,” and “in the searching of the area for evidence.”

He also thanked the Bus Department which, “without question came to the scene to assist in taking passengers to the South Shore Station to obtain travel into Chicago.”

—From staff reports

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