It's being called an unbelievable and miraculous getaway — two Indiana women managed to escape a train headed right for them by diving underneath it. (Via Getty Images)
ERIC POWELL, INDIANA RAILROAD: "We had an engineer who thought he had killed two people. And, you know, he's going to have that in his memory for the rest of his life." (Via WISH)
Railroad officials say the terrifying incident happened earlier this month, and they released the shocking surveillance footage Tuesday to prevent incidents like this from happening again.
WXIN reports the two women seen in the video were trespassing on railroad tracks on a bridge about 10 miles northeast of Bloomington, Indiana, when they saw a train coming their way.
But as you can see from surveillance video obtained by WRTV, that bridge was extremely short and narrow, and the women had nowhere to go as the train barreled toward them.
Officials say the train's engineer did everything he could to stop, and he told authorities the last thing he saw was the two women disappearing under the engine.
But incredibly, they were alive and mostly unscathed. After the train stopped and the women crawled out from under the engine, WTHR says one claimed she had stubbed her toe, but no serious injuries were reported.
Officials say those two women are lucky to be alive. But they may not be as fortunate with the local authorities.
WRTV reports the women have been identified by authorities and could face charges for trespassing in the area.
POWELL: "It is private property. Of course, you know, the big difference is that it's a very dangerous place, and again, when you can expect a train any time, the best thing to do is just stay off of that private property." (Via WRTV)
Those rules about trespassing near railroad tracks are in place for good reason. According to Operation Lifesaver, a person or vehicle is hit by a train about every three hours in the U.S.
And the U.S. Department of Transportation reports more than 430 people die each year while trespassing along railroad right-of-ways.
As for this latest incident, it's unclear whether the two women will face charges.