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Train hits car parked too close to the tracks

Becky Vargo • Nov 27, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Nobody was injured Tuesday morning when a train hit a car parked too close to the railroad tracks on Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven.

Shortly before 9 a.m., the southbound train hit the back bumper of the car and spun the vehicle out into the street, said Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke.

A witness reported the incident to police. The owner of the car didn’t realize that it had happened, Hawke said.

The train didn’t stop.

Hawke said the owner of the car was visiting family and parked her vehicle too close to the tracks.

The incident was captured on video from a camera at the back of the parking lot for Ver Duin’s Inc., 623 Washington Ave. General Manager Michael Ver Duin said that a neighboring business owner, Chuck Olmsted, had just pulled into the lot. Olmsted noticed the car parked too close to the tracks, but before he could do anything, the train hit the car, Ver Duin said.

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