Michigan has over 3,500 miles of rail corridors used for industry, shipping and passenger trains. According to the State of Michigan, 29 railroad companies. Many hundreds of miles pass through Southeast Michigan, including our neighbors in Lapeer County.

The tracks passing through Downtown Lapeer cross M-24 or Mainstreet along Cramton Park and are operated by Canadian National Railway (CNR). These tracks were the scene of a 30-year-old Lapeer man being struck & killed by a train Wednesday morning, November 2, 2022. The accident happened on the stretch of tracks between M-24 and Suzanne Drive. (Tracks run behind the Planet Fitness and Joann Fabric and Lapeer Laundry.)

The Lapeer Police Department told ABC12 the man was walking east along the train tracks around 9:05am and did not move out of the way for the train. The victim has not been identified at the time of this posting. Mlive reports Lapeer County Dispatch received a call, at that time, from the train's engineer.

Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media
Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media

If you were driving around Lapeer wondering why M-24 was blocked by a train for three hours, that's why. CNR closed the tracks -- some of the side streets were blocked, too.  This is standard procedure while police investigate on scene.

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The Lapeer Police Department is seeking information to figure out why the victim was walking on the track and wouldn't move -- he was pronounced dead at the scene.  Anyone with info please call 810-664-0833.

While most of the train tracks in Michigan are privately operated, the State of Michigan has a department dedicated to safety and infrastructure, too. If any rail crossings around your area need attention, you can find resources to call & report those, here.

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