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MONROE COUNTY, Ind. -- Two women walking on the Shuffle Creek Trestle in Indiana incredibly escaped death as a train was barreling toward them.

The women could be seen on the train's dash camera running for their lives as the 14,000-ton train headed toward them. The video that was released by the Indiana Rail Road Co shows the trespassing women walking on the 500-foot-long, 80-foot-tall bridge over Lake Lemon.

The engineer sees the women after rounding a curve while traveling 30 mph. He pulls the emergency brake, but the train continues to gain on them. With nowhere to go, one woman lies down between the rails and the other follows suit. They escaped death by lying below the train as it passed over them, the company said.

The engineer believed the women were killed and contacted authorities, but they not only survived but they escaped to a nearby vehicle and fled the scene, the company said.

"The consequences of trespassing on railroad-owned property are never taken seriously by those choosing to do so, and this incident at Lake Lemon is one of the most glaring examples I've seen in more than 40 years in this business," said Tom Hoback, founder and president of the Indiana Rail Road Co.


  • Robert Gift

    Better is to lie down on the ties outside the rails.
    Perhaps the railroad should place signs 2,000 and 1000 feet either side of the trestle instructing engineers to blast the horn.
    Hope that in emergency braking none of the wheels locked and developed flat spots.

      • Robert Gift

        ^ Yes. But who does? Too tempting.
        My friends and I crossed trestles. But we listened for trains sounding for grade crossings in the distance and we planned what to do if caught on the trestle. We practiced getting down from the trestle and even hanging from the ties. We could lie between the rails or outside the rails. But such might cause the engineer to stop the train.

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