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Mom Watches as Car With Son Inside Gets Hit by Train

One Minnesota mom watched as one of her nightmares came true on Monday. Thankfully, though, the nightmare turned into a miracle.

While on her way to drop her 15-month-old son off at day care, Anja Bochenski slowed to a stop as a train was passing at a railroad crossing. When the coast was clear for cars to pass again, she slowly accelerated, but almost immediately the arms to prevent cars from driving onto the tracks began descending once more.

Deciding she wouldn't be able to make it safely across in time, Bochenski hit the brakes, but because of icy roads, her car kept sliding. She tried turning the wheel to avoid moving further, but a car in the lane next to hers hit her by accident and pushed Bochenski and her son into the path of the oncoming train.

The damage to the car prevented her from being able to move off the tracks OR get out of the car. Luckily, Bochenski was able to roll down her window and crawl out, but when she tried to get her toddler out of the back seat, she was unsuccessful. She got out of the way in the nick of time, but watched as her car—and her son—collided with the train.

After it was safe for her to approach the car, she ran up, and her son Henry was crying but alive! They pair waited for emergency vehicles to take them to get checked out. The mother and son are both safe and healthy.

Bochenski says of the experience, "I just feel like going forward, we're going to look at things so differently. We're just happy for the little things, and just happy we can move on with our life, and feel very blessed."

Image via Jason Wachter, St. Cloud (Minn.) Times

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