BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — Video of a near-fatal incident where two women are seen laying across railroad tracks as a locomotive passes over them is prompting officials to remind the public: railroad tracks are private property and very dangerous.
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The video was captured on July 10 around 6:50 a.m. on Indiana Rail Road’s viaduct spanning an inlet of Lake Lemon, which is 10 miles northeast of Bloomington. It shows two women trespassing on the middle of the bridge, known as Shuffle Creek Trestle.
Officials say the engineer on the 14,000-ton train first saw the pair sitting on the tracks. The engineer immediately applied the train’s emergency brakes and sounded the horn, but the women reportedly ran toward the opposite end of the viaduct.
Video shows one woman lay down in between the tracks as the train approached. The second woman nearly fell off the bridge as she laid down between the rails, with the train just 30 feet away.
Officials say as the train passed and later came to a stop, those on board feared the two women had died, though a later search of the tracks found no one. Officials say the two women escaped and fled in a vehicle. They were later identified by authorities, who are treating this as a criminal matter.
908 people were killed in the United States by trespassing on railroads in 2013 — 38 of those deaths were in Indiana.
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