Driver says he was texting seconds before train hit his truck

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 6:52 AM

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SUN CITY, Ariz. – A driver said he was texting just seconds before a train plowed into his pickup truck early Monday morning.

"I was, I was panicking," Michael Patrick said.

Patrick said he was texting and driving when he lost control. He said he veered across three lanes of traffic before he got stuck on the train tracks near Grand and 99th avenues.

He jumped out just before the train hit his vehicle. The train dragged the truck 30 to 40 feet before it was able to stop, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Patrick said after his near-death experience he wanted to tell his story to keep other drivers from texting.

"I had like three seconds, two seconds to get out of the car and that last second the train just hit my car, hit my truck," Patrick said. "And it's not worth text messaging while you're driving, it's not worth talking on a phone while you're driving because you never know that split second [you] can end up dead."

Patrick wasn't hurt but he was arrested for two misdemeanor warrants and was charged with driving without a license.
 

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