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Two Charged With Drunk Driving After Cars Hit By Train

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MERIDIAN TWP., MI (WLNS) - It was a long night for Meridian Township police and fire. Hours after police cleared the scene where a train hit a car on Okemos Road north of Grand River, a second train hit another car in the exact same location.

And as 6 News Joe Khalil reports when all was said and done two people were arrested, two cars demolished and two potential disasters averted.

"I can't think of a time where that's happened at this department,” said Lt. Greg Frenger, Meridian Twp. Police.

Meridian Township Lt. Frenger says a 37-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man both driving drunk, ignored the road closed sign near Okemos and Grand River.

They "went around the barricades and tried to cross the railroad tracks."

Fire officials say that's as far as they got. Both drivers got stuck on the tracks and abandoned their cars moments before the train came blaring through.

The train "crushed the car. If they would've been in there, they would all be dead."

"Now looking at this in the light of day, it's pretty clear to see why these cars got stuck. There's about a 5-foot gap between where the road ends and the tracks begin. On top of that it dips about 2 feet into the ground. Firefighters say it's almost impossible for a car to be able to get right through.”

Police say the intersection frequently closes for flooding. Too often drivers take the risk and ignore the sign.

"When they saw it wasn't flooded they decided to proceed through. In these cases it could’ve been very disastrous. These people could've been seriously hurt or killed."

Both drivers will pay for their drunk driving arrests, but they're lucky they didn't pay with their lives.

Police say one of the cars crashed into a propane tank. Firefighters were able to seal the leak rather quickly.

The drivers were released. They'll appear in court for DUI charges in the coming weeks.
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