Firefighters rescue man seconds before train hits his Jeep

Portage, Michigan – Firefighters rescue a man from a jeep stranded on railroad tracks seconds before the train hits a vehicle.

At approximately 6:20 am on January 20, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Shaver Road and West Center Avenue. The Jeep was overturned on the tracks and the man was inside, according to Portage Public Safety.

Police said the Jeep driver had severe back pain and was unable to get out of the vehicle. As firefighters began searching for the man, railroad crossing signals began flashing and a train whistle was heard.

According to video of the incident, firefighters were able to pull the man out of the jeep about 15 seconds before the freight train hit it.

The jeep driver was taken to the hospital for treatment. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Police continue to investigate the crash.

If you have information, call Portage Public Safety at 269-329-4567 or anonymously call Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or

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