Women Run Over by Train, Survive, Flee the Scene

Cops have identified 2 alleged trespassers

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 30, 2014 10:49 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A camera mounted on a 14,000-ton freight train in southern Indiana captured what was likely a heart-stopping moment for the engineer: the sight of two women lying down on the tracks right before the train ran them over. Even though the engineer thought he had struck and killed the allegedly trespassing track-walkers, they survived the July 10 incident and then reportedly fled the scene in a car, reports ABC News.

The train was crossing a 500-foot-long bridge suspended 80 feet above Lake Lemon at a leisurely 30mph when the engineer noticed the women crossing the bridge, the Indianapolis Star reports. He blasted the horn and yanked on the emergency brake as the women dove onto the tracks after first trying to outrun the train or, in the case of one woman, possibly contemplating jumping from the bridge. They lived to tell the tale by taking advantage of the "maybe 10 inches" of space on the tracks between them and the train, an expert tells CBS This Morning. The founder of the Indiana Rail Road Co. says there were 38 deaths in Indiana in 2013 of trespassers on the tracks. The women have been identified, and police will likely charge them with criminal trespassing.

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