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Car/Train Crash Survivor: ‘Don’t Bother Me, I’m Drunk’

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24-year-old Jessica D. Barnes was in a real predicament at around 10pm on July 9th after crashing her car into a utility pole. For one thing, she was drunk.  For another, although she didn’t realize it, in addition to being intimately involved with a telephone pole, her truck was also sitting on the train tracks.

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Pictured: An astoundingly bad place to have your car
Picture: Mark Dries

Oblivious to the present (and very, very heavy) danger, Barnes opened the driver’s side door and switched to the passenger’s seat.

Meanwhile, a train traveling around 23 mph was coming right at her, blowing the horn desperately to try to get her out of the way. Unfortunately, Barnes ignored the train horn, and the Norfolk Southern locomotive hit the truck, which threw Barnes bodily from the car through the open driver’s door. She flew 30 feet into a gravel pit.

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Of course, Barnes did not seem to be terribly more aware once paramedics arrived. While they were trying to help her, she told them, “Don’t bother me, I’m drunk.”

She is currently listed in serious condition with a head injury at Atrium Medical Center, where she is also in police custody on charges of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, failure to control her vehicle, and not wearing a seatbelt.

Ugh, don't you just want to chew on this until it you can wriggle free?

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