Darris W. Crosby saved Julie Ann Terrell from being killed by a train, Oceanway, Florida, May 20, 1964. Julie Ann, 2, wandered onto a railroad track and stood between the rails two feet from a highway crossing with her back to a passenger train approaching at 79 m.p.h. The engineer sounded the warning horn for the crossing. Julie Ann remained on the track. Crosby, 38, plant operator, jumped out of his automobile 20 feet from Julie Ann when the engine was within 1,300 feet of her. The train approached at undiminished speed as Crosby ran to the crossing and on it toward Julie Ann, the leather soles of his new shoes sliding somewhat on smooth timbers alongside the rail. He moved to between the rails and, facing the oncoming train, stepped down eight inches from the crossing pavement onto the ties. The engine was 150 feet away as Crosby grasped Julie Ann and ran carrying her from the path of the train, which barely missed him as it passed at unreduced speed.
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