Crash wreckage keeps road closed for weekend

Photo courtesy Allen Beauvais Train cars derailed after being struck by a dump truck hauling an excavator on a flatbed trailer on Danforth Road Thursday.

WELLS TOWNSHIP — A portion of Danforth Road from North 30th Street to the top of the hill will remain closed for up to two to three days after a dump truck collided with a moving train Thursday.

The crash resulted in minor injuries for the dump truck driver.

Michigan State Police at the Gladstone Post were called to Danforth Road and the railroad crossing just west of 19th Avenue North at about 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

A dump truck driven by Adam Lafave, 41, of Wilson, was eastbound on Danforth Road, pulling a flatbed trailer carrying an excavator. The dump truck was traveling downhill and officers believe it could not stop.

Lafave avoided hitting other vehicles that were stopped at the train crossing before colliding with the northbound Canadian National train.

Photo courtesy Allen Beauvais At left, police examine the wreckage of the dump truck that struck a moving train Thursday. The driver, 41-year-old Adam LaFave was treated for minor injuries and released from U.P. Health Systems.

The collision caused some of the train cars to derail.

Lafave was transported to the hospital by Life Flight and was released Friday morning after treatment for minor injuries.

Officials say it may take several days to clear wreckage from the scene. There is still access to North 30th Street.

Photos courtesy Delta County Sheriff’s Department When the dump truck collided with the side of the moving train Thursday, some of the train cars were derailed. A portion of Danforth Road from North 30th Street to the top of the hill will remain closed for up to two to three days so railroad crews can remove the derailed cars. There is still access to North 30th Street.

Photos courtesy Delta County Sheriff’s Department Pictured is the dump truck and flatbed trailer underneath train cars after the truck collided with a train on Danforth Road Thursday. The crash resulted in minor injuries for the dump truck driver. Officials say it may take several days to clear wreckage from the scene.

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