At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 18, the Michigan State Police were called to the scene of a crash between a train and a pickup truck towing a pontoon boat in Trout Lake Township, near M-123 and Spruce Street.

The pickup truck and boat sustained heavy damage. The driver, a 19-year-old man from Fenton, Michigan, was cited for careless driving and released.

The train was able to carry on with its planned route after a short delay.

None of the involved parties were injured.

The Michigan State Police would like to remind motorists that injuries and deaths at railroad crossings occur every day in accidents that are largely preventable.

  • Stop, look both ways, turn down your music, and listen. Remember that trains always have the right of way.
  • Stop at least 15 feet away from flashing red lights, lowered gates, a signaling flagman or a stop sign.
  • Never try to drive around a lowered gate. Never ignore signals and always use caution.
  • Before you begin to cross, wait for gates to fully rise and for all lights to stop flashing.