A 55-year-old Florida woman stranded on a raised drawbridge holds on for dear life as firefighters race to save her for a harrowing twenty minutes and the dramatic rescue is caught on video.
But the woman, identified as Wanda McGowan, wasn't supposed to be on the train tracks – an area closed to pedestrians. Her son said she's legally blind and couldn't see the "no trespassing" sign.
CNN's Pamela Brown reports.
In the video, McGowan clings on seemingly frozen to the crossing with her legs locked.
Her hands press tightly to the structure as below, a crowd of onlookers snap photos, some that end up on Twitter.
After a flurry of calls to 911, the Fort Lauderdale fire department hoist a twenty-four foot ladder and bring her down to the cheering crowd.
The woman wearing pink had reportedly just finished a cancer walk Saturday morning called "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,"
when the bridge went up with her on it.
The bridge over Fort Lauderdale's New River is remotely controlled.
Once she walked out on it and it started up there was no way to stop it and no way for her to get off.
Now it's up to the railroad company to decide whether or not to press charges against her.
A spokesman from that company says that there is another person - believed to be her friend - who ran across the bridge as well, but did not get stuck.
As soon as they interview McGowan and that person, they will determine whether any charges will be filed.
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