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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 with 5 Comments »
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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  1. That crossing is always blocked by people waiting for the light. Morons.

  2. elmerfudpucker says:

    And most “morons” dont have the sense to obey the law to not stop on the tracks either aparently…

  3. carolfriends says:

    As a rider on the train, I am thankful that the driver of the truck was not injured or killed.

    Does he realize the impact of his poor judgment caused 68 passengers and the train crew much distress and that one passenger was injured?

    Who is going to pay for the damage to the train and the extra cost of the busses and drivers?

    I hope the tow truck driver learned a lesson — it’s been expensive for a lot of people in a lot of ways.

  4. klondiko says:

    What about the poor guy that owns the vehicle being towed? No excuse for this.

  5. Wrapper98439 says:

    What company does he work for?

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