Driver on cell phone hit by train in Beaverton

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by Evan Sernoffsky, kgw.com staff

NWCN.com

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 3:05 PM

BEAVERTON -- A man who was talking on a cell phone while driving was hit by a train alongside Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway Friday morning, police said.

The accident happened just before 11 a.m. when a Honda CRV was hit by a freight train between Southwest Murray Boulevard and Southwest Hocken Avenue.

The driver, 38-year-old Denis Pittman, was reportedly on a cell phone and stopped at a train crossing with no lights or crossing gate. He apparently didn't realize the train was coming even as witnesses tried to get his attention, police said.

Pittman ended upside down in his vehicle. He was then extracted and taken in an ambulance to the hospital. He reportedly did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Pittman will be cited for failure to stop at a railroad signal and driving while on a cell phone.

Authorities estimate the train was traveling at 25 mph when it struck Pittman's vehicle.


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