FOX59: Two women narrowly escaped death after facing down a train earlier this month. On July 10, the women were walking on the railroad tracks on the Shuffle Creek Trestle, a bridge over Lake Lemon about ten miles northeast of Bloomington, when they noticed a train was coming toward them. The engineer of the lead locomotive spotted them as the train came around a curve at 30 mph. The bridge is about 500 feet long and 80 feet high, and the women had nowhere to go. Video from the locomotive shows them trying to run away when they see the train. It’s clear that they won’t be able to make it to safety, and they can’t jump off the side because it’s too high. Meantime, the train horn goes off repeatedly. One woman lies down on the tracks; the other soon follows suit. By the time the train is able to stop, the cars have already passed the point where the women had taken refuge. The engineer assumed the two women had died and contacted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department to report what happened. The women escaped serious injury. They ran to a nearby car and drove away after their brush with death. They have been identified by law enforcement, and the case is now a criminal matter.
I’d say lying down under a speeding train and coming out with a stubbed toe is definitely something you chalk up in the win column–especially when you have literally seconds to make a decision. How can you not think of Stand By Me when you see a close call like this? As always, I hope they bought a lottery ticket right after this and think twice next time about crossing a train bridge.