James Hughes saved two unidentified women from being struck by a train, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 30, 1971. At a railroad crossing, an automobile containing the two women stalled astride the single track on which a freight train was approaching at about 35 miles an hour. The women remained in the front seat of the automobile and made no move to get out. Hughes, 37, railroad trackman, ran to the rear of the stalled vehicle when the locomotive was about 300 feet away and slowing as a result of braking by the engineer. When his first effort failed to budge the automobile, Hughes shifted his position. He then succeeded in pushing the vehicle out of the path of the train, which narrowly missed him as it passed.
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