Susan Dibene, 33, was pushing her 2-year-old daughter in a stroller on Saturday when she approached some railroad tracks whose safety arms had already began to lower. Dibene made the ill-fated decision to save 5 minutes and crossed the tracks with her daughter anyway.
The conductor of the train stated he blew the train’s horn and tried to brake but could only watch Dibene wrestle the stroller across the tracks.
The first time the stroller got stuck Dibene was able to successfully free it, only to have it get stuck a second time. Once again, Dibene was able to free the stroller and pushed it off the tracks and out of the train’s path.
Unfortunately, Dibene wasn’t able to do the same for herself and was struck by the train. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
While some, including Dibene’s mother, are calling this woman a hero for saving her daughter’s life, the girl should have never been in danger to begin with. I don’t mean to talk ill of Dibene, as she’s already paid the ultimate price for her decision, but why would she risk her and her kid’s life like that in the first place? It’s a friggin’ train.
It’s not like trying to save a few minutes by performing a rolling stop at the neighborhood stop sign or cutting in line at the grocery store where you are risking a ticket or getting the stink eye from other shoppers. Navigating around downed crossing guards to save a few minutes is risking getting hit by a train.Tags: Accident, California, Crime, Susan Dibene, train