A retired Washington couple is lucky to be alive after their motor home stalled in front of a southbound freight train Thursday morning on the railroad tracks at Cleveland Avenue and Gateway Drive, according to Madera police.
The man was able to start the engine and move the motor home at the last minute but the pickup truck they were towing behind the RV was struck and demolished by the moving freight train.
Witnesses said they watched helplessly as the man repeatedly attempted to start and move the RV, and the horrified woman screamed for help. Other motorists moved their cars out of the way and could only watch as the freight train bore down on the panicked couple.
Madera Police Sgt. Randy Williams said the collision with the train happened about 10:15 a.m. and the force of the impact separated the pickup truck from the back of the RV. The pickup was pushed about 150 yards south of the intersection, and the couple did not attempt to, or have time to exit the RV, he said...