Women charged with criminal trespassing after near-death experience on railroad tracks

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MONROE COUNTY (Aug. 4, 2014) - Authorities have identified two women who escaped a near-death experience on the Shuffle Creek Trestle last month, and they have been charged with criminal trespassing.

They're identified as Stacey Smith and Wendy Timothy. Both have been issued summons to appear in court, but they will not be arrested.

Dramatic video released last week showed the women walking on the railroad tracks and desperately trying to get away while a train approaches. The incident happened on July 10 over Lake Lemon.

The women didn't jump off the 80-foot-high bridge. Instead, they got down on the tracks as the train bore down. The 14,000-ton freight train passed right over them.

The engineer contacted authorities after the incident, believing the train ran over the women and killed them. Instead, they got up and ran away to a nearby car.  A railroad worker was able to provide authorities with a license plate number.  The plate of the car matched a vehicle registered to Timothy.

FOX59 was told one of the women told investigators they were on the track to take photos.

Railroad authorities said the case serves as a reminder that railroad tracks are private property and that unauthorized use is trespassing.

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