Two women were trespassing on a rail bridge near Lake Lemon, Indiana (a bridge known as Shuffle Creek), when a 14,000-pound freight train came down the tracks.
“The engineer followed all appropriate protocols, immediately applying an emergency brake application and repeatedly sounded the horn,” according to a statement from the Indiana Rail Road. “However, as the subjects ran toward the opposite end of the viaduct, the engineer was helpless to do more.”
That foreboding description matches the video’s footage, provided by the Indiana Rail Road: The pair try to flee the train, and one falls down on the tracks.
But don’t worry, the women survived: They pressed themselves down between the tracks, and the train passed over them safely.
“In this case, not only did two trespassers narrowly escape a horrible death, but had the heavy train derailed due to the emergency brake application – which isn’t uncommon – it could have taken down the bridge, possibly killing the engineer as well,” said INRD president Tom Hoback.
He added, “The human, environmental and financial toll would have been enormous.”
PSA: Stop hanging out on train tracks. Earlier this year, a second camera assistant on the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider was killed while the film was shooting an unauthorized scene on train tracks in Wayne County, Georgia.