The odds of surviving a T-bone collision with a train—for a caught-out driver whose door was the side of impact—would be awfully slim … to put it as optimistically as possible.
Alina Zhang, a Chinese woman who lives in Poland, took a detour one morning after 8 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2006, as traffic was thick in downtown Warsaw.
When she attempted to drive over a railway crossing right after the car in front, which had proceeded across slowly, the unbelievable happened.
“Suddenly the traffic noise quieted. I could no longer see any cars coming from the opposite direction,” she stated, per a report on Minghui. “As I tried to figure out what had happened, a giant object came out of nowhere and rammed my car on the front left side.”
“I closed my eyes in disbelief and when I opened them again, I saw two rails through my windshield. I was on a railroad track!”
“Soon everything stopped. My left door wouldn’t open, so I got out on the other side. I was shocked at what I saw: it was a train!
“I was in disbelief about how I could have driven on a railroad track for a quarter of a mile and not known. Then I realized that I had been hit by the train while I was crossing the tracks, and that the train had pushed me that far.”
Traffic was halted, and so was the train, for two to three hours.
A fire truck’s pneumatic wrench had to be used to separate the car from the train. The impact was so great.
Zhang says she was not hurt, but found a drop of blood on her forehead, where a small glass shard had been embedded in the midst of the collision.
Rescuers who arrived on the scene could not believe Zhang when she said she was fine after the freak accident, and took her to a hospital for examination. A doctor checked her X-rays again and again, but could find no issues.
The doctor confirmed Zhang was unharmed.
After leaving the hospital, she had to go to the police station. She was most apologetic knowing that so many officers were dispatched to the crash scene, and that all those train passengers on their way to work were delayed.
The police, however, said the main thing was that there were no casualties, and they were happy to see she was all okay.
She paid a fine of 400 Polish złoty (approx. US$107) at the police station, and the case was closed.
After Zhang’s car was towed away by the insurance company, it looked totally different from the time of collision, though no photos were taken to show this comparison.
“None of the doors could be opened, the windshield and the windows on the right side, which were fine at the crash site, were shattered, and the frame was broken.
“I believe this was the shape my car was supposed to be in when the crash happened.”
Moreover, the car’s back seat and trunk were filled with boxes of pottery, but not one item was broken or cracked in the collision, which is a miracle in and of itself.
“A friend of mine said to me, ‘Do you know there is a huge block of metal in front of Polish trains? That block hit you between the front and the back door on the driver’s side. If it had hit a millisecond earlier, it would have been your head that was smashed.’”
Recalling the incident, Zhang says she did not feel the impact or hear any sound, despite being pushed by the train for a quarter of a mile.
“The almighty power of the Buddha Fa manifested quietly at this split second and saved me.”
Zhang is a Falun Dafa practitioner, and believes in the “Buddha Fa” (or Buddha Law). She adheres to the spiritual discipline’s principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance” in her daily life, and owes her miraculous survival to her practice.
“I thanked Teacher and the immense Buddha grace, and all I could say was, ‘Falun Dafa is good!’”
This incredible account was featured on the YouTube channel Edge of Wonder, along with four other “Undeniable Miracles.”
To see the episode, check out the video below:
Photos courtesy of Alina Zhang