18-year-old girl dies after car stalls on tracks during driving test and is hit by speeding train
The 18-year-old struggled to remove her seat belt and was fatally injured after the speeding train rammed into the car
In a horrifying incident that was captured on CCTV, a teenage girl died after her car stalled on a train level crossing during her driving test. Her instructor, who was in the seat next to her, jumped out while the girl could not undo her seatbelt in time and was badly injured after the speeding train rammed into the car. Police identified the girl as 18-year-old Angelika, and she passed away later at a hospital despite the best efforts of medical professionals.
According to the Daily Mail, the incident occurred on Thursday (August 23) in the southern Polish village of Zaskale and was even captured on CCTV. A camera at an office close to the scene of the accident shows a red car in the background driving towards the railway tracks. As it reaches the crossing, it slows down and comes to a halt. While the footage is grainy, you can see a man exiting from the passenger side and making his getaway just as the speeding train rams into the vehicle and drags it along for 10 meters.
Pictures of the accident show the car, a Suzuki Baleno, totaled and ravaged beyond recognition. The train was traveling between the towns of Nowy Targ and Zakopane and sustained little to no damage. The instructor, supposedly a 62-year-old man, was seen walking away from the car as first responders rushed to the girl's aid.
40-year-old Rafal Kwak, who was an eyewitness, said, "When we ran to the wreck, the girl was strapped in and the instructor stood by and did nothing. I wanted him to give me a first aid kit but he couldn't find it. She was still breathing, but she was very wheezy, she was getting weaker. She was disappearing before our eyes."
Another eye witness, 39-year-old Michael, added, "The girl had a big head wound, her blood was everywhere, we tried to stop it. I heard her heavy breathing, fading in front of us."
Another person who had seen the gruesome accident unfold before his eyes said, "The instructor escaped at the last minute, the girl, unfortunately, didn't. She tried to move but was half a meter away from surviving, she was already starting to move the car," adding that the train driver had been sounding his horn for several seconds before the car rolled on to the tracks.
The mail reports that an investigation into the accident has been launched by the District Prosecutor's Office in Nowy Targ.
Watch the CCTV footage of the accident below. (Warning: Graphic content)