Norman Ibbotson helped to save Rosanne K. Coleman from being struck by a train, Brighton, Ontario, December 30, 1999. Following an accident in which her sport-utility vehicle left the highway, overturned, and came to rest on a railroad track, Ms. Coleman, 26, lay unconscious at the edge of the track, next to the vehicle. Other motorists, including Ibbotson, 47, business operator, stopped at the scene. After he and another man responded to Ms. Coleman, they saw a train approaching at about 50 m.p.h. Ibbotson and the other man immediately grasped Ms. Coleman and pulled her from the track. They had moved her about 20 feet away when the train, in emergency braking, arrived and struck Ms. Coleman’s vehicle, scattering debris. The vehicle was propelled forward 50 feet over a course crossing that taken by Ibbotson and the other man with Ms. Coleman. Ms. Coleman received medical treatment for injuries sustained in the accident, and she required a lengthy convalescence.
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