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Woman, newborn baby nearly crushed after metal plate tie falls from train trestle

PEVELY, MO (KTVI) – A mother and her newborn had a brush with death after a piece of metal falls from a train overpass as they drove underneath.

The track and trestle, located along Highway Z in Pevely, belongs to Burlington Northern Santa Fe. A spokesperson said it’s quite rare for a metal plate tie to fall from the track. They're investigating the situation and working with the family to cover all the damages.

Trains pass over the trestle several times a day and Mindy Damico said she always drives beneath the trestle on her way to her parents' house.

"I felt the vibration of the train, I felt it going over; then I hear something pop," she said.

Damico said she couldn't tell what it was so she pulled over to check it out.

"I got out of the car and realized that my preemie infant was in the back and started screaming because there was glass all over her,” she said.

A near 40-pound metal base plate came off the track, smashed Damico’s back window and tore holes in the roof right above her baby's car seat.

"I'm just in shock. I can't even function, really," she said.

Damico said it's a miracle neither of them was hurt, but she doesn't want to press her luck.

"I'm very nervous. I probably will not go under that railroad on Pevely. I will pick a different way to go to my parents’ house," she said.

The rail line spokesperson said all of its bridges are inspected four times a year and they have people check the tracks every week.