By Jason Overholt (email@example.com)
3:46 PM EST, November 17, 2012
A father and child were flown to the hospital after a collision between a train and their SUV in Berrien County this morning.
A witness told a WSBT correspondent at the scene the crossing lights were not working. But after reviewing video from the train, Michigan State Police head investigator Steve Vrablic says the lights were working normally.
Injured were Anthony Bearty, 27, and his 4-year-old child Mikalah Bearty. This happened around 9:30 a.m. on Kerlikowske Road near Coloma Road in Berrien County.
The witness, who knows Anthony and Mikalah and was in a vehicle ahead of theirs, saw the collision in her rear-view mirror. They were traveling northbound when they crossed the tracks and the rear vehicle was hit by the Pere-Marquette, an Amtrak train traveling it's route from Grand Rapids to Chicago.
The witness ran back to the wreckage, according to our correspondent, to find Anthony talking. She said he asked her why the crossing lights weren’t working. Mikalah was also talking. She was asking for her mother, who was not involved in the collision and not at the scene.
There are lights at this crossing, but no gates. Again, police say video from the train shows the lights were working. The lead car made it across the tracks, but the car Bearty was driving did not.
The Beartys were flown to Bronson Hospital. A Bronson official says Anthony has since been discharged. When he was flown, he was in serious condition with non-life-threatening wounds, according to Vrablic.
Vrablic said Mikalah was in the ICU in unknown condition.
According to a post on our Facebook page from a woman who claims to be Mikayla’s aunt, “...She [Mikalah] is in ICU. Shattered hip, broken pelvis, eye socket fractured, broken leg and might have a little brain damage. She’s black and blue from head to toe and will have to be in a full body cast, but she’s OK. The father is OK and is being released”
The Chicago-bound Pere-Marquette train was stopped at the scene for several hours.
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