The almost-accident happened in Indiana as the women attempted to cross an 80ft high bridge.

Footage taken from inside the train cockpit shows the two women running for their lives as the train approaches, one even tripping on the tracks. However, her friend runs back for her, and they both seemingly ‘disappear’ under the train.

Metro reports that they both dropped down under the locomotive, which has a 25cm clearance gap.

The train driver said that after the vehicle came to a stop both women emerged unhurt, with one shouting that she had simply stubbed her toe.

The footage, which was shot on July 10, has been released by the Indiana Rail Road Company to warn people about the dangers of trying to cross railway bridges.

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