Donald L. Taggart saved Manila Bounds from being killed by a train, Dowagiac, Michigan, May 2, 1962. Mrs. Bounds, 37, drove her station wagon onto a railroad crossing, where the vehicle stalled astride the track on which a passenger train was approaching at 80 m.p.h. Taggart, 34, factory laborer, saw Mrs. Bounds trying without success to start her station wagon as the train, its horn sounding, approached to within 2,500 feet of her. Taggart ran onto the crossing and opened the left front door of the station wagon. Standing between the rails with his back to the oncoming train, he took hold of Mrs. Bounds and lifted her from the vehicle as he stepped backwards. The train then was within 600 feet of them. Maintaining his hold on Mrs. Bounds, who appeared dazed, Taggart hurried her away from the track as the engineer applied the emergency brakes. The train passed them at only slightly diminished speed and struck the station wagon, which was demolished. The locomotive stopped about 2,000 feet beyond the crossing.
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