JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The driver of a 1997 Nissan Altima and the engineer behind an oncoming Amtrak train crossed paths Tuesday in the Ortega area; it was an impending disaster.
"You could hear the Amtrak train," said Annette Brown, "I said 'Oh my God.'"
But to Brown, it was where faith met destiny.
"I was saying to her 'get out of the car,'" said Brown, "but she said 'but my car.'" "That's when I screamed 'get out of the car!'"
Brown, on her way to NAS Jacksonville, got stuck behind the Nissan which was stopped on the railroad tracks.
"There were so many citizens who went around this lady and did nothing to get her off of the train tracks," she said.
Brown said she went around as well but once on the other side stopped and help.
"God had me in the right place at the right time," said Brown.
Brown said the driver panicked, so she screamed to get the attention of 55-year-old Pintucan Rose-Emy to get out of the car.
"As soon as she was getting from the car, the train hit it," said Brown, "The engineer said he was going 50 miles an hour."
Brown said they were ducking flying debris from the collision.
"We were ducking the lights; the debris that came off the car, the bumper," she said.
In a few seconds, the 1997 Nissan became a chunk of mangled metal.
"She said 'thank you my angel,'" said Brown.
Rose-Emy was transported to NAS Jacksonville hospital and treated. For Brown, what started out as an ordinary day became extraordinary because her faith met destiny.
"I don't even look at it as it as being a Good Samaritan," said Brown, "I just look at it as God had me in the right place at the right time."
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