A Florida woman narrowly escaped with her life after her car stalled out on the tracks in front of a commuter train Monday. State officials released unbelievable video of the incident from the train's perspective, showing the woman's car door opening just before the impact.
Full video, plus footage of the alarmed and essentially helpless train engineer mid-collision, comes courtesy of WESH-TV in Orlando:
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According to police, the driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries while scrambling to get out of her car before the 285,000-pound train hit it at 40 mph. She was struck by debris from the crash as she was moving away from the tracks.
No one on the train was hurt.
Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Olson said officials are slightly frustrated that the message to stay off the train tracks has not sunk in with drivers.
"We're trying pretty hard to get the message out there," Olson said. "We'll continue to do that."
The driver, a 28-year-old woman, was apparently pulling ahead to make a turn at the intersection just past the tracks, when the warning gates pinned her in and the car stalled. She was found at fault and ended up being ticketed for negligence.