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UPDATE: Women escape before train crash in Woonsocket

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — ABC6 News has learned more about what led up to a near deadly scene in Woonsocket where a freight train crashes into a car on the tracks.

The women inside jumped out moments before impact.

Video captured late Monday night on surveillance cameras outside the little general store at the intersection of Hamlet Ave and Manville Road in Woonsocket shows the crossing gates go down just after 10:00 p.m., and then the train coming to an abrupt stop.

What you don't see is that train smashing into a car stuck further down the tracks.

Behind the wheel at the time was 21-year-old Olivia Colby of Westborogh, M.A.

She told police her friend in the passenger's seat gave her bad directions and she ended up driving onto the tracks.

The two friends tried their best to move the car, but after several attempts they saw the gates go down, and the train coming straight towards them.

With just seconds they managed to jump out of the car.

According to the police report, the two women had just left a local bar called Cowboys.

Colby at first told police she'd had nothing to drink, but an officer on scene says she had glossy eyes, and was shaky on her feet, nearly falling over.

However, her friend told police that Colby "had a lot more drinks than she did."

Colby refused a breathalyzer test, was arrested and then arraigned overnight.

No one on board that train was hurt.

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