Woman and baby rescued from car stuck on train tracks
Posted on October 31, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Updated Tuesday, Nov 1 at 10:08 AM
(KMOV.com) -- An off-duty New Haven, Missouri officer saved a woman and her infant from a car after he noticed the vehicle had become stuck on some train tracks.
Around 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, Justin Gevers noticed a vehicle on a set of train tracks east of Olive Street. Gevers contacted an on-duty police officer to notify that he was assisting. Gevers and and officer Rob Kuhlmann made contact with the driver, a 31-year-old woman. She stated she had turned too soon and was stuck on the tracks.
The woman also had her 1-month-old son in the vehicle. Both officers noticed a strong odor of intoxicants and an open beer can in the vehicle.
The officers managed to get the woman and her son to safe location. The officers attempted to notify the train dispatch to have traffic halted until the vehicle could be moved. However, before the railroad office could relay the information, a westbound train was seen approaching the crossing.
Officer Kuhlmann attempted to signal the train with his flashlight, but the train was unable to stop. The train struck and demolished the vehicle. According to police the woman was given field sobriety tests and failed. Authorities say a breath test indicated a high presence of alcohol in her system. She was placed under arrest and taken to the Franklin County Adult Detention Center. The child was turned over to a family member.
The driver's name is being withheld pending formal charges.