Shaun Michael Meyers helped to save Hilda G. Wittkamp from being struck by a train, Beltsville, Maryland, January 25, 2003. Ms. Wittkamp, 81, was in the front passenger seat of a car that, in an accident at night, left the roadway and became stranded on the bed of two railroad tracks. Witnessing the accident, Meyers, 41, contractor, and other motorists immediately responded to the car, which was positioned across the tracks. With the help of another man, Meyers opened the front passenger door and tended to Ms. Wittkamp while others responded to the aid of her husband, who had been driving. When the headlight of a train, fast approaching on the far track, came into view, Meyers attempted to remove Ms. Wittkamp from the car but found that she was restrained by her safety belt. As others led her husband away, Meyers freed Ms. Wittkamp from the safety belt, then he and the other man removed her from the car and carried her off the tracks. Within moments the train arrived and struck the front of the car. Ms. Wittkamp was taken to the hospital, where she was detained six days for treatment of her injuries.
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