UPDATE: Victim of fatal train crash identified

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

WHITE PIGEON, Mich. Officials say a 77-year-old driver of a semi-truck from Illinois has died in a collision with a slow-moving freight train in southwestern Michigan.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the driver is identified as Bobby Abell, of Quincy.

The St. Joseph County sheriff's department says the crash around 5 p.m. Thursday near White Pigeon caused at least one car on the train to derail and tip, blocking traffic in the area.

An autopsy is planned to determine whether Abell had a medical problem that may have led to the crash, which is under investigation. Witnesses told investigators that the semi-truck driven by Abell didn't appear to slow down prior to the collision with the train.

An engineer on the train had what were described as minor injuries.


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