66 year old man injured in car vs. train crash

MPPD logoOn 06-12-2015 at 9:26am, Mount Pleasant Police department responded to a Vehicle vs. Train crash at the Canadian Pacific rail crossing on CTH KR (county line road) in the 9800 block, east of CTH H, in the Village of Mount Pleasant. Upon Officers arrival at the scene, they located a silver jeep had impacted a N/B Amtrak passenger train en route to Milwaukee, carrying approximately 70 passengers. The one occupant/driver of the silver jeep was conscious and breathing, with significant injuries at the scene, when located by Officers. SouthShore and Somers fire and rescue departments also responded to begin treatment of the driver. CTH KR was shut down to traffic between 90th street and CTH H, while Officers investigated the scene.

Investigation revealed the N/B Amtrak train was going thru the rail crossing, with the stop arms in the down position and red signals functioning properly. The W/B silver Jeep failed to stop at the rail crossing as required, striking the stop arm. The Jeep continued past the stop arm, and impacted the side of the N/B Amtrak Train. The momentum carried the jeep down the tracks for a significant distance, and a debris field that stretched for approximately one half mile. The Train did come to a stop, as there was moderate damage to three of the passenger train cars.

The operator was identified as Larry E. Gitzlaff, 66yoa, from Kenosha. He was transported by rescue to United-St. Catherines hospital in Kenosha, and later transferred to Froedtert Memorial hospital in Wauwatosa for head trauma. His condition at this time is unknown. The crash is under investigation by Mount Police Traffic Investigators. MPPD was assisted by Sturtevant Police, Kenosha and Racine Sheriff’s departments, and CP Rail Police. Nothing further.