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Recurring Themes

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About once a year, News of the Weird learns of an episode in which a motorist creeps up to a railroad crossing and then onto the tracks, but mysteriously at that point is unable to move the car forward or backward, and even more mysteriously, a train is coming at precisely that moment, and the motorist must either bail out or be killed. In the latest incident, Betsy DeVall wound up on the tracks in Greer, S.C., in October and later said she mumbled to herself, "Oh, my gosh, I'm on the track. I've got to get off." She was unable to move her car, for some reason, but fortunately police Sgt. Marcus O'Shields saw the whole thing and pulled her to safety just before an oncoming train crashed into the car.

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