NY man takes responsibility for Mich. Amtrak crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A New York semitrailer driver has admitted responsibility and been fined for an Amtrak crash in southern Michigan.

MLive.com reports Friday (http://bit.ly/Lm0RWx) that a Jackson County District judge issued a $450 fine to David Zimmer.

The 68-year-old from Saugerties, N.Y., admitted responsibility for the crash during a hearing June 11. An attorney made the plea on behalf of Zimmer, who didn't appear.

Zimmer was cited for not having sufficient clearance to cross the tracks.

On Feb. 1, a Chicago-bound Amtrak train crashed into Zimmer's truck, which was stuck on the tracks at a crossing in Leoni Township.

The train's locomotive, a dining car and a passenger car derailed. Ten people suffered minor injuries.

According to reports submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration, the derailment caused nearly $2.3 million in damages.

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