Train track trespasser caught on camera pleads guilty

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — One of two women caught on camera in a near fatal accident involving a train pleaded guilty.

Stacey Smith pleaded guilty to railroad trespassing. A video captured on July 10 on Indiana Rail Road’s viaduct spanning an inlet of Lake Lemon, which is 10 miles northeast of Bloomington. Showed two women trespassing on the middle of the bridge, known as Shuffle Creek Trestle.

Officials say the engineer on the 14,000-ton train first saw the pair sitting on the tracks. The engineer immediately applied the train’s emergency brakes and sounded the horn, but the women reportedly ran toward the opposite end of the viaduct.

Video shows one woman lay down in between the tracks as the train approached. The second woman nearly fell off the bridge as she laid down between the rails, with the train was just 30 feet away.

In August, prosecutors filed criminal charges against the two women. Misdemeanor railroad trespassing charges were filed in Indiana’s Monroe County Circuit Court against Smith, 37, of Bloomington and Wendy Gayle Timothy, 34, of Pensacola, Florida.

Timothy is still wanted. A warrant is out for her arrest. Smith was sentenced to pay court costs, a fine and complete over 30 hours of community service. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s