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Only Minor Injury In Truck-Train Crash

Fri., Feb. 6, 1998

A man whose truck was hit by a train Wednesday and dragged nearly 240 feet walked away with only an injured hand, Spokane police said.

The incident occurred at about 6:15 p.m. where the Union Pacific railroad tracks cross Springfield Avenue in east Spokane.

The train’s engineer told officers he was traveling southwest about 10 mph when he saw a City Parcel Service truck approaching the crossing. He said he sounded his horn and bells, and the truck slowed for a moment, but the driver then sped up in an apparent attempt to beat the train through the crossing.

The engineer hit the brakes but couldn’t stop in time, police said.

The driver, who wasn’t identified, told police he didn’t remember the collision.

, DataTimes

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