Train, snowmobile collide

MANISTIQUE – A train collided into a snowmobile that had gotten caught on the railroad tracks in Manistique Tuesday afternoon, according to Manistique Public Safety. No one was injured.

Officers were dispatched at 3:30 p.m. to the scene of the accident at the North Houghton Crossing within the city. Upon arrival, police spoke with the snowmobile operator, Alan Hershberger, 64, of New Port Richey, Fla.

Hershberger said his snowmobile ski got caught in the switch of the railroad tracks; while attempting to free the sled, he heard the whistle of an oncoming northbound train.

He told officers he was on the track to guide a member of his party back onto the nearby snowmobile trail. The other snowmobiler had become disorientated in whiteout conditions and drove down the tracks instead of the trail, according to a news release from Public Safety.

When Hershberger heard the train whistle, he got off the track and the train crashed into the snowmobile, pushing the sled about 1,500 feet before the train could stop. The snowmobile was entangled under the train engine. The Canadian National train was not damaged in the accident.

Public Safety was assisted at the scene by personnel from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.