Albion College basketball player hit and killed by Amtrak train


Zachary was a member of Albion's basketball team along with Khy Winston, both of whom played against Michigan State on October 29.

Zachary, a graduate of U of D Jesuit, played basketball for Albion college.

Kipp said Winston was hit by a westbound Amtrak train in Albion, Michigan, shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

A University of MI student was struck and killed by train, Friday evening, in Washtenaw County.

Kipp said the investigation and an interview with the train's engineer have led police to believe that Winston stepped in front of the train intentionally. Although the public safety department has not released the name of the student, Albion Police Chief Scott Kipp confirms the student was Zachary Winston.

The 19-year old Winston was a sophomore on the Division III Albion men's basketball team along with youngest brother, Khy.

A statement addressed to the Albion College community from Albion College President Mauri Ditzler said "Last night, our family lost a student". We have been in close contact with the student's family and are doing everything we can to support them. We echo the family's request in asking everyone to respect their privacy at this time.

The train, Wolverine Train 355, was delayed three and half hours.

No passengers or crew were injured in the accident, family members of the victim have been notified, but the name is being withheld at this time. "Please keep the family close in your heart".

Ditzler said they plan to offer grief counseling and will be sharing details later Sunday.

The Winston brothers have been a fixture around MSU since Cassius, now a senior, was being recruited by Tom Izzo.

It is unclear if Cassius Winston will play in Sunday night's game for MSU against Binghamton (7 p.m., BTN).

Athletes and friends of Winston have tweeted their condolences. Refresh your page to make sure you are seeing the most current information.