Royal Oak police say a man survived after he was struck by an Amtrak passenger train this weekend. They say the 27-year-old was filming a freight train traveling on one track when the Amtrak train came from the other direction and hit him.
Police say the Royal Oak resident was standing on the train tracks at S. Washington Ave. and Sherman Drive when he was struck at about 1:17 a.m. Saturday.
"Investigators determined the, 27-year-old Royal Oak resident, disregarded the activated warning signals and lowered crossing arm, to film a northbound freight train traveling on the east set of tracks," police said in a statement issued today.
"While standing on the west set of tracks, he was struck from behind by an approaching Amtrak train," they explained.
When rescue crews first arrived, the man was unconscious. He was taken to the hospital and Royal Oak police say he is now expected to fully recover.
"He was issued a violation for disregarding the railroad crossing signal," police said.