Women res­cue man from train tracks

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - LOCAL | -

Two young women pulled a man from his car Mon­day at an Olathe rail­road cross­ing just be­fore a train smashed the car.

The res­cue hap­pened just be­fore mid­night af­ter the driver drove around bar­ri­cades and got stuck on a cross­ing that was closed for re­pairs, John­son County deputies said. The two tried to get him out when they saw train lights at the cross­ing at 167th Street and U.S. 169.

Am­ber Kopaczewski, 19, of Spring Hill, said she screamed, “Get out or you’re go­ing to die!” But that didn’t work.

Her friend, Kachalle Young, 18, of Olathe, fi­nally pulled the man out of the car be­fore the train smashed it, she said.

The driver thanked them, but deputies ar­rested him for driv­ing with a sus­pended li­cense and for a reg­is­tra­tion vi­o­la­tion. | Joe Lambe, jlambe@kc­star.com

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