(AP) — A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women who
became trapped on an 80-foot-high railroad bridge by a freight train that
surprised them as they walked along the tracks.
Eric Powell with
Indiana Railroad said the train engine's video camera captured the
incident earlier this month on a bridge northeast of Bloomington at Lake
He said the
engineer of the 100-car coal train activated its emergency braking just
after sunrise when he saw the women about 50 miles south of Indianapolis.
But he said those women had few choices because jumping from the tracks
would have meant serious injuries, perhaps even death.
running for their lives at this point in time," said Powell told WTHR-TV
while reviewing the video footage.
The video shows
the women running from the approaching train before one of them falls and
the other woman races to help her.
threw the train into emergency braking as soon as possible. He had thought
he had killed the two people here on this bridge," Powell said. "... Both
duck at the last minute. How they survived that is nothing short of a
said the women have been identified and will be prosecuted for criminal
But Monroe County
Prosecutor Chris Gaal said the county sheriff's department is still
investigating the incident after Indiana Railroad officials turned over
evidence to police investigators.
Once his office
receives a report from police, Gaal said his staff will review it for
potential criminal charges but until then it's inappropriate for
prosecutors to comment on the case.
people sometimes follow a trail up to the railroad bridge the women were
on and trespass onto that bridge. He said there are no walkways on the
bridge because no one is supposed to be walking there.
but it's easy for people to get on the tracks and walk on there," he said.
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