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Maureen Martin walks into Douglas County Courtroom #2 with her Becky Martin (cq) (rt) and father Dave Martin (cq) (lt) July 13, 2005, to attend their first day of their civil trial against Union Pacific Railroad. Missy Martin was 16 years old when she was nearly killed at a railroad crossing in November 2002. She was driving to school when her car stalled just in front of the railroad tracks on Fifth and Front streets in Castle Rock. Her boyfriend, who was driving in a truck behind her, tried to ram Martin's stalled car off the tracks with his vehicle but he was unsuccessful. Her car was then struck by a freight train and pushed almost 90 feet. Martin was in a coma for two months after the accident. The Martin family has sued the railroad, claiming that trains go too fast and that not enough has been done to make the crossing reasonably safe. The train engineer said that from 100 feet away, he saw the car sitting on the tracks but was unable to stop the empty coal train in time, according to police. As a result of Martin's accident, the town of Castle Rock built a $5 million vehicle flyover that now allows vehicles to bypass the train crossing. More than 17,000 vehicles had crossed the railroad tracks every day at Front Street, according to Castle Rock officials. (Judy Walgren/The Rocky Mountain News) Missy Martin (DenverChannel.Com) Dave Martin (cq), Becky Martin (cq)

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