Two women narrowly escape death on high, narrow bridge as train barrels down
By Jay Dillon
Two women were nearly killed when they got caught on a narrow railroad bridge. Their brush with death was caught on camera.From the train's security camera, it looked like their final moments."Now you see the two subjects here. They're frankly running for their lives at this point in time," said Eric Powell with Indiana Railroad.It happened earlier this month on the 80-foot high Indiana Railroad bridge northeast of Bloomington at Lake Lemon just after sunrise. He says people sometimes follow a trail up to the railroad bridge, where they trespass onto the bridge. There are no walkways on the bridge, because no one is supposed to be walking there. The only things on the bridge are trains and danger."It's private property. You should not be there," he said. "It's dangerous, but it's easy for people to get on the tracks and walk on them. Right there is the sound of him putting the emergency brake on."The 100-car coal train makes every effort to stop. The two women have almost no good choices. A jump? There would have been severe injuries. Maybe death."One almost trips and falls off the bridge," Powell said. "The other one, miraculously, gets down."The train's engine was across the bridge before it stopped."The engineer threw the train into emergency braking as soon as possible" Powell said. "He had thought he had killed the two people here on this bridge." Incredibly, the women crawled out from under the engine and ran. The engineer "yelled back and asked them, 'Are you OK?' One yelled she had stubbed her toe, otherwise fine," Powell said. "I'm sure their nerves were as shattered as his were."Indiana railroad says the women have been identified and will be prosecuted for criminal trespass.Source: CNN Newsource/WTHR
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