Drunken Orlando woman who parked on train tracks saved before crash, cops say

Two good Samaritans rescued an apparently intoxicated woman from her car, parked on the Washington Street railroad tracks in downtown Orlando, moments before a train slammed into the back of the vehicle, police said.

Maria Espiet, 34, of Orlando, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with DUI property damage or personal injury.

She told police that she was coming from “Wall Street” off Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando before the crash.

Asked if she was aware that her car was sitting on the railroad tracks, “Espiet stated no,” police said.

Espiet told police she had three drinks earlier, and ranked herself as a “4″ on a sobriety scale of 0 to 10 — with 0 being sober and 10 being impaired.

Two witnesses saw Espiet drive onto the train tracks around 4 a.m.

As they saw the CSX locomotive heading toward Espiet’s black Mitsubishi, which was facing northbound on the tracks, they ran to the car to help her get out, an incident report said.

“When they attempted to remove Espiet from the vehicle, she resisted them,” police said.

Once out of the car, Espiet turned around and watched the train hit the back of her car, which was still running at the time, the report said.

Police said Espiet’s blood-alcohol level was 0.163 — two times the legal limit.

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