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Train, pedestrian crash claims one life

A train that struck a pedestrian resulted in the death of a Niles man Wednesday afternoon.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says at approximately 1:28 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the crash on the Amtrack rail system, one half mile south of Pokagon Highway. 

A northbound Norfolk Southern train struck a man, later identified as 46-year-old John Merritt, who was stuck on the track for unknown reasons. 

Merritt was pronounced dead on the scene. 

According to deputies, the crash is still under investigation. 

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