Train Hits Car in Beaverton
By Jeremy Scott
Miraculously, the driver of a car that was hit by a Portland & Western Railroad train in Beaverton this morning was not seriously injured. He was apparently distracted by his phone.
The car landed on its side along the tracks off Tualatin Valley Highway near Southwest 139th Avenue. Firefighters rescued the man.
38-year-old Denis Pittman was cited for failing to stop at a railroad crossing and using a mobile communication device behind the wheel.
Witnesses say he was talking on the phone with one hand up to his head and that he didn't appear to see the oncoming train or hear its blaring horn. People tried waving to get his attention.
The train was going around 25 m.p.h. through the crossing. There is a stop sign at the tracks, but no crossing arms or lights. The tracks run just south of the highway shoulder in a commercial development.