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Woman tries to beat train, and loses

August 27, 2003

Cordele--   Amazingly, 72-year-old Mary Cheney survived with barely a scratch. Witnesses are calling it a miracle. Passerby's pulled 72-year-old Mary Chaney from her wrecked Ford Taurus.

Police and two EMS teams arrived just minutes later. Chaney's car was dragged one city block by the train-- coming to rest at the 20th avenue crossing. "She decided to pull off and the train got her." Willy Smith's van was waiting behind Chaney's car at the 19th avenue crossing.

He says Chaney's car was stopped, then for no apparant reason she hit the gas, and hit the 92-car-train. "I didn't scream I said the lady is going to hit the train, and I back up and went to call 911." Mary Chaney sustained no visible injuries, but was complaining of back pain.

Cordele cop Gordon Easom has worked train wrecks before, and is surprised Mary Chaney survived. "Usually the result of these types of accidents are fatalities. Cars and trains, the train usually win in these type of situations."

Today, Mary Chaney was the winner-- walking away with her life. Police say Mary Chaney will likely be charged with failure to yeild at a railroad crossing.

posted at 4:25 PM by dave.miller@walb.com