Marshall J. Gossett helped to save Lewis D. Cohen from being struck by a train, Lyman, South Carolina, December 22, 2000. Before daybreak, Cohen remained in the driver’s seat of a car that had left the highway then went down an embankment and came to rest on a railroad track, on which a freight train was approaching at 40 m.p.h. Gossett, 35, warehouse manager, who was nearby, saw the accident. He ran to the car, joining another man who had responded and had opened the driver’s door. Although neither Gossett nor the other man could see the approaching train, as it was beyond a curve in the track about 300 feet away, they heard its horn. Gossett and the other man reached inside the car, grasped Cohen, and pulled him out, the train rounding the curve and coming into view. Gossett and the other man started to move away from the car with Cohen when the train, then in emergency braking, arrived and struck the car, knocking it from the track and destroying it. Gossett, Cohen, and the other man were knocked to the ground beside the track. Gossett sustained bruising that required hospital treatment, and he recovered.
75157 – 858275157-8582