2 Men Pull Woman to Safety Before Train Wreck

Moments before the train stuck, they acted fast.

Thursday, Jan 27, 2011  |  Updated 8:34 PM CDT
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Three Chesterton, Ind., men saved a woman from a car stuck on the railroad tracks just seconds before an eastbound freight train smashed into the car.

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Seconds before a freight train hit a car sitting near train tracks in Chesterton, Ind., three men pulled the driver to safety.
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Moments before a freight train hit a car sitting near train tracks in Chesterton, Ind., three men pulled the driver to safety.

Justin Jeffress, 27, of Chesterton, told the Sun-Times he was driving on Calumet Road with two friends around 3 a.m. Wednesday when they saw the Honda Accord in the middle of the road.

The driver, 24-year-old Courtney Althoff, was slumped over at the wheel. Jeffress and his friends, Dustin Paliga, 22, and Kyle Hodgson, 27, saw the freight train coming and acted fast.

They ran to the car and pulled Althoff out of the car.

Althoff was arrested for drunken driving, the Sun-Times reports.

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