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A Chicago-bound Amtrak train with at least 76 people aboard struck a Detroit fire truck Monday that was stopped on the tracks in southwest Detroit.
"When I pulled up, there was an accident. The police was on the track, the fire engine came, he stopped on the track," said Clyde Hunt who witnessed the crash.
The fire truck was responding to a crash involving a car and a semi truck near Lonyo Street and Dix Avenue.
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Investigators said a firefighter was inside the truck trying to move it when it was hit by the Amtrak train.
"Next thing you know you heard the sirens going off for the train and he just hit the fire truck and the fire truck flew up in the air. It was nothing like I've ever seen before," said eyewitness Bob McLean
Executive Fire Commissioner James Mack said the $600,000 ladder truck and a Detroit police car were there helping a family that had been in an earlier crash that involved their car and a tractor-trailer.
Mack said a firefighter had minor injuries that involved cuts on his body.
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Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari in Chicago said 72 passengers and at least four crew members were aboard the train. He said several people sought treatment for minor injuries like head and back pain.
"All I saw was the ladder, the white ladder, hit the train and just swing around and hit the light pole," said train passenger Aaron Timberlake. "It was incredible."
"She could feel him kind of hit the brakes, but I thought he was just stopping for the station. But then you definitely felt an impact," said Jill Breeden who was on the train with her children to visit their grandmother.
The train made a stop in Dearborn, where some passengers, including Breeden, got off, but then continued on its way to Chicago.
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