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Women Who Survived Indiana Train Charged With Trespassing

The two women caught on video escaping an oncoming locomotive in Indiana last month have been identified and charged with trespassing.
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They dodged a train, but couldn't outrun the law. Two women who narrowly avoided getting hit by a locomotive while walking on an Indiana bridge were charged with trespassing Monday. Wendy Gale Timothy, 34, of Pensacola, Florida, and Stacey June Smith, 37, of Bloomington, Indiana, were named in court documents as the women caught on the locomotive's front-facing surveillance camera walking over an 80-foot bridge outside Bloomington just after sunrise July 10. The engineer, driving a 100-car coal train, slammed on the brakes, but couldn't stop in time and thought he'd killed them, an Indiana Railroad spokesman said. But when the train stopped, they got up and ran, apparently without serious injury, NBC Indiana affiliate WTHR reported.

A witness saw the women get into a car, wrote down the license plate number and notified authorities, according to Capt. Troy Thomas of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Investigators tracked the car to Florida, where one of the women "gave information involving herself," Thomas said, declining to identify her. Investigators were then able to locate the second suspect, who declined to provide any information. The women will appear in court to face the charges, which carry the possibility of jail time, but a date has not yet been set.

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