Feb 19, 2013 7:17 PM by Evan Weborg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Three people are lucky to be alive after nearly being hit by a locomotive on Monday while crossing over a train bridge.
Around 1 p.m., the trio was said to be walking their dogs on the Austin Trestle near the Birdseye area when they forced a train to come to a stop.
Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost says the train was a helper train, which only includes four locomotives, making it easier for the engineer to stop the train.
Frost noted, "Had this been a full-length train, when that train came out of the tunnel and saw those people on the trestle, it literally would not have been able to stop before hitting them."
The Sheriff's office was unable to locate the trio; they could face charges of trespassing.