This Cop's Near-Miss With a Train Will Give You One Last Chance to Ruin Your Pants in 2018

You know what’s great! Not running into things that will kill you. What’s less great is almost running into things that can kill you, but even that is way better than running into things that can kill you. Police Officer Peter Stanglewicz of Mokena, Illinois recently experienced the second one, and oh man, it’s alarming.

Officer Stanglewicz was driving toward a train crossing, which, unbeknownst to him, was experiencing an electrical short that prevented the warning lights from flashing or the safety arm from deploying. The result was that there was no warning that there was an approaching train, leading to this (at about 0:36):

Yiiiiiiikes.

Luckily, Stanglewicz was able to swerve out of the way in time, though that maneuver did cause his patrol car to cross the median and stop on the other side of the road.

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Stanglewicz posted about the near-miss on his Facebook page, remarking:

Throughout my life, I’ve had very little luck. I’ve bought tons of raffle tickets, from little league tickets to charity raffles. Every lottery ticket was a loser. I just thought I wasn’t born with luck at all. Little did I know, I had luck, I was just saving it all up for the perfect time. Here is all my luck being used ALL AT ONCE. If I never win anything again, I’m perfectly fine with that.

If you have to use up all your luck at once, not getting hit by a speeding train isn’t a bad way to do it.

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