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Watch: Women Survive Being Run Over By Train

Two women were caught on a bridge 80 feet in the air with a train heading toward them.

Two women were caught in the middle of a railway bridge in Monroe County as a train was coming their way earlier this month on July 10.

It was an 80-foot drop down into the water.

After seeing the women, the train engineer put on the emergency brake and began sounding the horn, but he couldn’t stop quickly enough.

A video the Indiana Rail Road Company released today of the view from the front of a train shows what happened next:

You can’t tell from the video, but the two women survived, unhurt.

Still, officials from the Indiana Rail Road Company say they hope the video will serve as a warning sign.

The women were trespassing on the company’s bridge, known as Shuffle Creek Trestle. It’s a 500-foot-long bridge about 10 miles northeast of Bloomington that spans an inlet of Lake Lemon.

More than 900 people were killed in the United States by trespassing on railroads in 2013. Thirty-eight were in Indiana.

The women could still be charged for trespassing.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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  • Gold Stars

    They survived and most likely needed a change of underwear, no real reason to charge them. So give them a break and maybe instead of charging them with trespass, have them do some public service ads, explaining how well it worked out for them to trespass on the tracks!! NOT!!!!!
    What better way to illuminate just how stupid it is to try to outrun a speeding train then to have two very, very lucky surviviors!!!

  • Hard Boiled

    yes, run over them, and then charge them for it. what a joke. put the underwear they wore that day on a stick in the middle of town, and let everyone know, this is what happens when you get the shiit scared out of you.

  • TBoard

    I think charging them to the full extent is called for. Consider also what would have happened if the emergency stop had resulted in a derailment, which does sometimes happen during emergency stops. Loss of life, injury and of course property would have been significant. The company surely must do everything possible to prevent such an outcome. What a disaster that would have been in that particular high location, perhaps over a road, and these two individuals would have been the ones responsible for causing it. Maybe the company should consider putting up permanent signs near the place where trespassing happens as a warning, “NO TRESPASSING — In August 2014 two trespassers in this section of track were fined $xxxX and incarcerated x months,” for example, to show the penalty is real, and have the trespassers pay for the signs.

  • palintologist

    Not only would the survivors have sued if these two had died, I’m still waiting to see if these dingbats sue in this age of easy-money entitlement.

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