Carl Singletary, Jr, 34, trainman, saved Hattie Piett, 66, from being killed by a train, Mullins, South Carolina, September 20, 1958. Mrs. Piett started to walk over a railroad crossing toward a spur track on which a diesel engine was pushing three boxcars from a junction 100 feet away. She did not hear warnings shouted by a flagman and by Singletary, who was riding at the head end of the foremost car. Singletary then jumped to the ground, signalled the engineer to stop, and ran along the opposite side of the track from Mrs. Piett, shouting and waving his arms. As Mrs. Piett stepped onto the track, she saw the advancing car and fell in a faint across the rail with the upper part of her body on the track. The boxcar then was three feet away and approaching at a reduced speed of four miles an hour. Singletary made a flying tackle across the track in front of the moving car and grasped Mrs. Piett around the waist. His momentum carried him over Mrs. Piett, but he retained his hold on her. Clasping Mrs. Piett to him, Singletary rolled with her from the track as the boxcar narrowly missed them and stopped eight feet beyond.
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