Man pulled woman from truck just before it was struck by train

Allen Hudler (WCYB Photo)

A man jumped into action and pulled a woman from a truck just before it was hit by a train in Abingdon early Friday morning.

According to Virginia State Police, a 25-year-old woman was driving on Wyndale Road near Rust Hollow Road. The pickup truck ran off the right side of the road and hit several mailboxes before crossing back over the road and running off the left side. The pickup then went over an embankment and came to rest on the railroad tracks.

Resident Allen Hudler heard something and went out to investigate. "I was sitting in my living room and hear a crashing sound and I bailed out of the house and come down the road and the girl was sitting in the middle of the track and [I] got her out the vehicle and the train hit the truck," Hudler said.

Police said the man used a flashlight to alert the engineer of the train of the truck. This allowed the train to slow down to about 3 miles per hour when it hit the truck and pushed it about 150 feet before coming to a stop.

The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital for treatment of a minor injury.

She has been charged with failure to maintain control of her vehicle and not wearing a seat belt.

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