Woman rescued from tracks just in time

CHESTERTON: Doesn't remember how she ended up on tracks
2009-07-29T00:00:00Z Woman rescued from tracks just in timeKen Kosky - ken.kosky@nwi.com, (219) 548-4354 nwitimes.com
July 29, 2009 12:00 am  • 

CHESTERTON | Chesterton and Porter police officers said they rescued a woman from a set of railroad tracks just minutes before a train would have probably run her over.

Police said the woman, Kristin Strelinski, 26, of Chesterton, was intoxicated and apparently passed out on one of the three rails in the area of 15th and Jackson streets in Chesterton.

A Norfolk Southern passed through the area and someone on the train noticed Strelinski lying on an adjacent rail. Police were called at 7:04 a.m. Sunday and pulled her off the tracks. At 7:15 a.m. Sunday, an eastbound train passed over the rails on which Strelinski had been lying.

"She's lucky she didn't end up on the wrong rail (on which the first train passed)," Porter Police Lt. John Lane said.

Police said Strelinski was thankful to the railroad employee who reported her and the officers who removed her from the tracks. Police said she also stated she didn't realize until the incident occurred that she has a drinking problem.

Authorities say Strelinski left her place of employment, The Village Tavern, about 3 a.m. Sunday, after having consumed shots of alcohol and a beer. She told police she remembered leaving work and walking over the tracks, but nothing else.

Police said Strelinski ended up on the tracks and was unconscious when they found her. Police ordered train traffic through the area stopped.

Initial attempts to wake Strelinski failed, at which time the eastbound train was noticed, police said. Police said they moved Strelinski off the tracks, at which time she awoke. The eastbound train passed the spot where she'd been lying.

Police arrested her on a public intoxication charge.

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