And next here tonight, a heart-stopping video in the news. A train barrelling down the tracks in Indiana, two women suddenly appearing in its path and they have only seconds to decide what to do.... See More
And next here tonight, a heart-stopping video in the news. A train barrelling down the tracks in Indiana, two women suddenly appearing in its path and they have only seconds to decide what to do. Tonight, railway officials are asking all of us to watch the tape together. ABC's linsey Davis tells us why. Reporter: Watch as a 14,000-ton freight train bears down on two women running for their lives. This video released as a warning by railroad to keep people off the tracks. In this instance, the engineer applies the emergency brake. He repeatedly sounds the horn as the 100-car coal train, traveling 30 miles per hour on a narrow Indiana bridge, shows down, but can't stop. The two women, helpless, try to run. Finally, this woman lies down on the tracks between the rains, with the train just 30 feet away. The second woman does the same. The engineer assumed that he was calling into our dispatch office to let us know he had killed two people. Thankfully, they crawled out from underneath the train. Reporter: These women survived by being as flush with the tracks as possible. There are just ten inches of space between the train to the track. You can see from this video just how close the trains are. It can take a train, a freight train, over a mile to stop. Reporter: From 2011 to this year, trespasser fatalities are up 36%. There have been 167 so far in 2014, compared with 128 deaths in all of last year. For these women, it was just a close call. The only thing bearing down on them now is the law. Both women will likely be prosecuted for criminal trespassing. Linsey Davis, ABC news, new
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