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Amtrak train strikes tow truck in Kent, injures man

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Jan. 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
January 24, 2012 10:01 pm

Kent police are investigating a collision between a tow truck and a passing Amtrak train that injured a 46-year-old Auburn man tonight.

The collision occurred just before 6 p.m. at the West Smith Street railroad crossing downtown.

The train was heading south on the Burlington Northern track when witnesses reported seeing the tow truck pass the lowering traffic control gate at the intersection and enter the crossing.

Police said the train then struck the tow truck, which was pulling a vehicle.

The tow truck driver was standing beside the railway when firefighters and officers arrived. He was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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