Hearing waived for woman who walked on railroad bridge
A hearing scheduled for a woman who walked on a railroad bridge in Indiana has been waived.
Stacey June Smith is charged with misdemeanor misuse of a railroad right of way for walking across a railroad bridge and falling down in front of a train. Smith has hired a private attorney.
The incident occurred in July when an engineer thought he killed two people who dropped down on the railroad tracks right in front of his train.
From the train's security camera, it looked like their final moments.
"Now you see the two subjects here. They're frankly running for their lives at this point in time," said Eric Powell with Indiana Railroad.
Two women narrowly escaped death as they walked on train tracks near Bloomington.
Powell says the incident happened in July on the 80-foot high Indiana Railroad bridge northeast of Bloomington at Lake Lemon just after sunrise. He says people sometimes follow a trail up to the railroad bridge, where they trespass onto the bridge. There are no walkways on the bridge, because no one is supposed to be walking there.
The only things on the bridge are trains and danger.
"It's private property. You should not be there," Powell said. "It's dangerous, but it's easy for people to get on the tracks and walk on there."
At one point in the video, Powell points out a burst of air when the engineer applied his emergency brakes.
The 100-car coal train is making every effort to stop, Powell said. The two women have almost no good choices, since jumping from the tracks would have meant serious injuries, or maybe even death.
"One almost trips and falls off the bridge," Powell says, narrating the video. "The other one, miraculously, gets down."
The train's engine was across the bridge before it stopped.
"The engineer threw the train into emergency braking as soon as possible. He had thought he had killed the two people here on this bridge," Powell said.
But incredibly, they were alive.
"When the trains topped, the two women crawled out from under the engine, started running this way," Powell said. "He yelled back and asked them, 'Are you okay?' One yelled she had stubbed her toe, (but was) otherwise fine. I'm sure their nerves were as shattered as his were."
Indiana Railroad says both women were identified and will be prosecuted for criminal trespass. It wants to send a message to others.
Shuffle Creek Bridge
The fisherman near the bridge today told Eyewitness News he has walked the bridge and another. But after looking at the train engine video, he said "that's unreal. And just today, I saw people today walking around up there."
Narrating the security video again, Powell said, "she falls over, she almost falls off the bridge. Both duck at the last minute. How they survived that is nothing short of a miracle."