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Police: Texting driver crashes into train

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Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 1:21 pm | Updated: 1:51 pm, Thu Oct 28, 2010.

Authorities in Pinal County say a driver who was texting on his cell phone was injured Tuesday when he failed to see a train at a rail crossing until it was too late.

Pinal County Sheriff’s spokesman Tim Gaffney says 30-year-old Jason Michael Hair was driving his car westbound on Arizona Farms Road near Queen Creek when the accident happened. A driver Hair passed at about 65 mph told deputies he saw him texting just before the crash.

A Union Pacific freight train was at the grade crossing, the warning lights were on and the crossing arms down. Hair was unable to stop and drove right into the side of the train.

Hair and his 4-year-old son had to be cut from the car’s wreckage. Hair had a head injury and his son was flown to the hospital as a precaution.

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