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Students rescue woman from oncoming train

March 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Some University of Delaware students are being hailed as heroes after helping a woman get out of her car just moments before it was demolished by a freight train.June Griffith said she thought she was turning onto a road in Newark, Delaware late Wednesday night, but in reality it was railroad tracks. Griffith said she frantically tried to put her car in reverse, but it got stuck on the tracks, and a train was bearing down on her.

Fortunately, some college students happened to be walking back to their home when they saw what was happening and quickly rushed to her rescue.

"We had to pull her out of the car, you know she was panicking, she kind of froze up and wasn't getting out of the car," said Frank DiPietrapaul.

"One young fella had me under one arm, and another one had me under the other arm, and they literally drug me across the street," said Griffith.

The students got the elderly woman out just before the oncoming train smashed into her car, sending metal, glass, and sparks flying. Griffith escaped injury thanks to the students, who are members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Her 10-year-old Pontiac Grand Am is a total loss. Her insurance won't cover the accident, but Griffith says she's just thankful to be alive.


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