Sheriffs deputies are trying to identify the victim

by: COURTESY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Washington County sheriff's deputies are trying to determine why a man was crouching on the tracks before being struck by this Portland and Western Railroad engine late Monday night.
Washington County sheriff’s deputies have identified a man who was killed by a train late Monday evening in unicorporated Sherwood.

Deputies say James Yelton, 42, of Tigard left his home and went for a walk at about 8 p.m., April 7 when he was struck by a Portland and Western Railroad engine traveling northbound near Tonquin Road on Tonquin Loop.

According to Sgt. Bob Ray, a spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the train engineer spotted a crouched man on the tracks about 150 feet in front of him and blew his horn but the man did not respond and was struck before the train was able to come to a full stop about 800 feet later.

The train was traveling at about 30 miles per hour when it struck Yates on a portion of the tracks that rested over a raised dike over a wetlands area, Ray said.

It's still unclear what Yelton was doing on the railroad tracks, Ray said, but the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team, or CART, is assisting in the still-active investigation.

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