Lie By Me: Two Women Caught on Tracks Survive Getting Run Over by a Train.

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July 30 2014 5:42 PM

Two Women Caught on Tracks Survive Getting Run Over by a Train

If you’ve ever seen the movie Stand By Me, you know walking on a train track bridge is a no-no. Earlier this month in Indiana life imitated art, as two women experienced a real-life version of the film’s iconic train scene—the only difference is they didn’t make it off the tracks before the 14,000 ton freight train came rumbling through. The Indiana Railroad released this footage of the locomotive bearing down on the women as they scrambled for their lives. The train, travelling 30 m.p.h. couldn’t stop in time, but miraculously the women managed to survive by lying down on the tracks as the freight cars sped over them.

Here’s more on what happened from the Indiana Railroad:

The person who first saw the trespassers was the engineer in the lead locomotive of a northbound, 14,000-ton Indiana Rail Road (INRD) freight train traveling at 30 mph. Imagine, if you will, rounding a curve just before a 500-foot-long, 80-foot-high bridge, only to find two subjects sitting in your train's path. The engineer followed all appropriate protocols, immediately applying an emergency brake application and repeatedly sounded the horn. However, as the subjects ran toward the opposite end of the viaduct, the engineer was helpless to do more. The ever-slowing train was still catching up to the fleeing trespassers…By the time the train came to a stop, the locomotives were off the bridge; they completely passed the point where the subjects stopped running. The engineer assumed he had just killed two people; Monroe County Sheriff's Department was quickly alerted. Miraculously, however, the two subjects survived, and escaped to a nearby vehicle and fled the scene.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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