Woman Saved From Oncoming Train, Car Dies

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

This is the stuff film noir, or nightmares are made of. Except that it happened yesterday, some 30 miles from where I had lived for many years. A woman made a wrong turn and was pulled out of her car moments before a train smashed it.

Yesterday afternoon, a woman from Islandia, Long Island, drove down Brentwood Road in Bayshore in her Volkswagen Jetta. After entering the railroad crossing of the Long Island Railroad, she turned left and ended up on the railroad tracks. She could not free her car. If you inspect the picture (brought to you by Google Streetview) you will see why.

Police arrived at the scene. The police contacted the Long Island Railroad to warn them of the car in the tracks. The railroad replied that a train was coming. The cops asked to stop the train. The railroad was unable to.

The cops pulled the driver from the car, and all three ran for their lives. Newsday picks up the story:

Moments later, as they ran to safety, the train smashed into the Jetta, sending it “flying across the tracks,” according to police. No one was injured on the train or in the immediate vicinity, police said.

Why did the lady make a sharp left turn on a railroad crossing? This might explain it:

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police later charged the driver of the car with driving while intoxicated.

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  • "scarey" "scarey" on Jan 28, 2012

    Third rail ? Aren't they used only on subways/el trains ? And monorails ?

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    • R H R H on Jan 30, 2012

      @AICfan I think the other one is in Chicago. I'm about 90% sure that the CTA uses a 3rd rail for power.

  • Bkmurph Bkmurph on Jan 29, 2012

    At first, I interpreted the post's title as "(Woman saved from oncoming train and car) dies". I'm glad she made it, shame on her for driving intoxicated, etc.

  • Axual Axual on Jan 29, 2012

    So inquiring minds want to know ... why did she die?

  • Kevin Kluttz Kevin Kluttz on Jan 30, 2012

    Should have left her in the car and let Darwin take his course. She would not have harmed anyone else.