WATCH: Woman narrowly escapes death at railroad crossing

Authorities are searching for a woman who narrowly escaped death seconds before a train struck her vehicle. 

Video obtained by FOX8 shows a woman in a car trapped on the tracks at Pendleton Road and Martin Luther King Drive in High Point, North Carolina. 

The footage shows the woman running away in a panic as the train rams into her vehicle. 

In the dash-cam video, you can see the railroad crossing arm going up to allow vehicles to pass and then it quickly goes back down trapping the woman and her vehicle inside. 

Norfolk Southern Representative Susan Terpay sent the following statement when asked about the crossing arms timing and if there was a malfunction: 

"It’s extremely important to remind motorists never to proceed through a railroad crossing when the lights are flashing. The lights signal that there is oncoming train traffic, and when there are two sets of railroad tracks, it’s important to remember that a second train can be coming from either direction.

"In this case the gates and lights activated when a southbound Amtrak train passed through the crossing. When the train finished going through the crossing, the lights continued flashing -- alerting drivers that a second train was coming. The gates then lowered again as a northbound Norfolk Southern train went through the crossing.​"

 

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