A driver narrowly escaped death in Long Island on Friday night when a LIRR train smashed into her vehicle seconds after she mistakenly drove it onto the tracks.
The incident happened at Mineola at around 8pm on Friday.
The woman, who has not been named, said she was following her GPS and took a wrong turn onto the tracks.
Before she could reverse, she saw a train approach. The woman jumped out of the car with seconds to spare.
There were no passengers on board the train at the time.
The car is pictured (right) in a ball of fire after being smashed into by an empty LIRR train at 8pm on Friday night in Mineola, Long Island
Another view of the tracks show the car ablaze before emergency crews arrived
When it smashed into the vehicle, it puhed it along the track several meters in a fiery blaze as people on the platform nearby watched in horror.
Eventually, the train came to a stop and the car was left sitting mangled on the tracks.
All of its interior had been burned out.
‘The train was coming and then she jumped out. She was very lucky,’ restaurant manager Lino Ferrera, who witnessed the incident, told The New York Daily News.
‘We saw the car dragging on the front of the train, sparks and everything like a fire.
‘We were the first ones here; we called the police,’ he added.
This was the mangled wreck that was left of the car after it was pushed along the tracks
A closer up image of shows the extent of the damage. The car was entirely burnt out. Its owner luckily escaped before the train hit
The mangled car had to be removed from the tracks by emergency crews. It disrupted the LIRR service in both directions but no one was hurt
The woman did not suffer any injuries but the incident interrupted the busy Friday night train service.
The LIRR Main Line was suspended in both directions as a result.
It is not clear where the woman was approaching from when she turned onto the track but it appears she made the turn at a crossing adjacent to the station.
Whether or not the barriers which normally prevent drivers from accessing a track when a train is approaching were down at the time remains unclear.
The woman drove onto the tracks at Mineola station in Long Island, presumably at a crossing, after her GPS led her that way