Train collides with trailer

Photo by Bill Petzold • The Denmark Township Police Department investigated a crash Thursday at the railroad crossing on M-46 near Bradford Road. A man driving a semi failed to stop for the crossing’s flashing lights, and an oncoming train destroyed the second trailer of a double-bottom grain trailer.

By Bill Petzold
Staff Writer

DENMARK TWP. — A Sebewaing man avoided injury Thursday when he failed to stop for a flashing railroad crossing sign on M-46 and a northbound freight train struck a trailer he was hauling. The driver of the train also was uninjured.

The crash occurred shortly before noon. Billy Harold Reese, 56 of Sebewaing, was eastbound on M-46 near Bradford Road hauling an empty double-bottom gravel train. Denmark Township Police chief Fred Hecht said Reese did not see the flashing railroad sign as a Huron and Eastern Railway train approached heading northwest. Hecht said a witness reported seeing the crossing lights activated and hearing the engineer sound the train’s horn.

The impact smashed the second trailer called a pup, and Reese was able to bring the truck and remaining trailer safely to a stop on the shoulder. Hecht said Reese was cited for failure to stop at a flashing railroad crossing.

Denmark Township Police handled the investigation.

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