Neighbors rescue woman stranded in cold

Published 01/08 2014 09:59AM

Updated 01/08 2014 10:48AM

URBANA -- One woman was stranded in the bad weather and found herself in a deadly situation. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley finds out how her life was spared.

The woman was driving home and her car got stuck. In below-zero weather, with no cars in sight, she started walking home.

Every day, we make split-second decisions which change our lives. Late Sunday night, a waitress decided to walk home. Marc Johnson decided to get out of bed.

"I looked outside and heard what I thought was just the wind whistling."

"My husband said, 'I hear something.'"

Shelby Johnson went to go check on the dogs.

"They kept barking at the gate. Stop barking! Hush! You're going to wake the neighbors."

Marc knew something wasn't right so he checked again.

"I opened up the back door and I heard a voice, a faint voice, yelling 'help!'"

"We started yelling, 'where are you at?'"

"I told my wife, we probably should call 911."

When police arrived on scene, they flashed a light on the railroad tracks just a few feet away from the Johnson's home.

"Lo and behold, we saw a woman on the railroad tracks."

Police say she fell and had been lying in the spot for more than two hours. But, she survived the frigid temperatures.

"She's still got her life. Her family still has her. Her friends still have her."

Every day, split second decisions which change our lives.

"I thank God. I thank God."

Police say when they found the woman, her body temperature was 87 degrees and was covered in ice. She was in the ICU for a few days, but is out now and is expected to be OK.

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