A pedestrian was struck on the train tracks at the intersection of Dexter-Chelsea and Lima Center road on Nov. 5.

| 1 min read | by: Seth Kinker, |

Updated on Nov. 6 with a released statement from Derrick Jackson, Community Engagement Officer for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office: “On Tuesday (11/5/19) just before noon the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Lima Center Rd. & Dexter Chelsea Rd. In Lima Township for a pedestrian that had just been hit by a train. According to a witness the subject may have intentionally run in front of the trains path. The passenger train was heading west at Lima Center Rd. on the way to Battle Creek from Pontiac. I know that many of you do not normally cover stories involving a possible suicide, but due to the injuries sustained and the fact that no identification was found at the scene we have not been able to identify the victim. At this time we do not have any missing person reports close to this description and have not been able to notify next of kin. The only description we have at this time is a white male that was approximately 5’8” to 5’10” tall. We estimate that his weight may have been between 200 and 250 pounds and he has dark colored hair. We are estimating his age to be late 20’s to mid 30’s, however specific identifying information are just estimates at this time. We could use your help in hopes that a family member or friend might reach out and report their loved one as missing. They can contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office at 734-994-2911.”

At 11:45 this morning the Chelsea Fire Department (CFD) was notified that an Amtrak train had struck a pedestrian in between the cities of Chelsea and Dexter.

CFD Captain Scott Basar told The Sun Times they were notified on the way to the call that there was a possible fatality, something he said they confirmed when they arrived on site. 


Matt Rose, Public Information Officers for Huron Valley Ambulance (HVA), told The Sun-Times HVA dispatched paramedics at 11:47 a.m. to the area of Dexter-Chelsea and Lima Center Roads for a pedestrian struck by a train. 

“One patient was pronounced dead on the scene,” confirmed Rose. 

Details beyond that were still preliminary as the Washtenaw  County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the death. 

“We definitely did have a fatally,” said Derrick Jackson, Director of Community Engagement for the WCSO. “I don’t have a lot of details yet. A middle-aged man, we don’t have his identification at this point.”

While Jackson made it clear it is still very early in the investigation, he told The Sun Times that the WCSO talked to witnesses at the scene who said it looked like the man purposefully jumped in front of the train. 

This article will be updated with more information as it becomes available