Driver rescued from railroad tracks moments before train collides
Published: November 9, 2007 | 6822nd good news item since 2003
There was no villain with a handlebar mustache. But there was a woman stuck on the railroad tracks with a train bearing down on her.
And her saviors came in the form of an off-duty New York City police officer and her husband, a volunteer fire chief.
In Mineola, New York, authorities say the 63-year-old driver apparently mistook the Long Island Rail Road tracks for a road last night. Her car got stuck on the rails as a train came speeding toward her.
Just seconds before the train smashed into her car, the couple ran over, yanked open the door and pulled the woman out.
Nobody was hurt. But one rescuer says the woman was annoyed the pair had left her pocketbook in the car.