A 27-year-old Norwalk woman saved her own life as she jumped from her car that was stuck on the CSX Railroad Tracks just before a train plowed into it.
The woman, who just began a new job in town, mistakenly turned down the tracks headed southwest for 110 feet thinking it was the roadway, according to New London Sgt. Joe Hicks and Chief Mike Marko.
As she realized that she was on the railroad tracks, she attempted to dislodge her Pontiac two-door sedan, but it was stuck on the tracks. "She did everything she could," Marko said.
Seeing the train barrel toward her, the woman jumped out of the car. The accident was called in to the Huron County Sheriff's emergency line at 9:05 p.m., said Marko and Hicks.
As reality set in after seeing how badly damaged her car was the woman started to become upset, but handled the situation very well under the circumstances, Marko said.
"She was very apologetic. We assured her we were just happy no one was hurt or killed," Marko said.
Eric Jagusch, CSX Road Foreman, shared Marko's sentiments. "I'm just glad (the vehicle) wasn't occupied," Jagusch said.
No charges will be filed in the incident. "We're not going to add insult to injury," Marko said.
The woman told police she had just got off work and was headed to North Fairfield when the accident occurred.
Both police officers arrived within seconds of the emergency dispatch call while the car was still in the path of the train, but it was too late to do anything but watch as the train engineer tried to stop.
"We were kind of helpless. We both pulled up and saw the car get hit," Marko said.
The train pushed the sedan about 170 feet down the tracks, leaving debris in its path.
The train tracks remained closed after 11 p.m. as the accident scene was investigated and cleaned up.