July 30, 2014 at 10:35 am

2 women survive ordeal along Indiana rail bridge

Bloomington, Ind. — A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women who became trapped on an 80-foot-high railroad bridge in Indiana when a freight train surprised them as they walked along the tracks.

Indiana Railroad spokesman Eric Powell told WTHR-TV on Tuesday the incident happened earlier this month on a bridge northeast of Bloomington.

The engineer of the 100-car, 14,000-ton coal train activated its emergency brakes when he saw the women.

But the women had few choices — jumping from the tracks would have seriously injured or killed them. One woman lays flat between the tracks immediately, while the other stumbles before doing the same.

Monroe County deputy prosecutor Jeff Kehr told the Herald-Times newspaper that Indiana Railroad officials have turned over evidence to the sheriff’s department, which is investigating.