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This is yet more proof that, if guardian angels exist, they have to get black belts in destiny-judo. A US woman has had a lucky escape after a police officer persuaded her to leave her car just seconds before it was swept away by an oncoming train.

A US woman has had a lucky escape after a police officer persuaded her to leave her car just seconds before it was swept away by an oncoming train.
The incident, at a crossing in Greer, South Carolina, was captured on the police officer's dashboard camera.

On the tape, Sgt Marcus O'Shields is seen urging Betsy Devall to leave her car. Just 30 seconds later, a passenger train ploughed into it.

At least two passengers on board the train suffered minor injuries.

Ms Devall was talking on her mobile phone when Sgt O'Shields spotted her car on the Norfolk Southern tracks along Highway 80 just after midnight on Tuesday (0400 GMT Wednesday).

She told the local WYFF News 4 channel she was lost, and was phoning a friend to get directions. She said she had not realised she had stopped on the train tracks.

'Nerves'

On the videotape, a reluctant Ms Devall is seen being taken away from the car by Sgt O'Shields. But she bursts into tears as the train sweeps by, saying: "Thank you, thank you for saving me officer."

Ms Devall's car was reportedly sent flying more than 100m (330 ft).

"You've seen the video," Sgt O'Shields told WYFF.

"It tells the whole story. It's pretty graphic, and we don't see the rest of it, with the car catching on fire on down the track. It gets your nerves going pretty good."

Ms Devall's car was totally destroyed, but she said she was just happy to be alive.

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In Bolivia, it appears that rioting and destruction of property is easier than actually being responsible parents. Hundreds of angry residents have attacked bars and brothels in Bolivia for a second day amid reports they were selling alcohol to underage drinkers.

Hundreds of angry residents have attacked bars and brothels in Bolivia for a second day amid reports they were selling alcohol to underage drinkers.
Protesters armed with sticks and stones smashed windows and set furniture ablaze in at least 20 bars in El Alto, on the edge of the capital, La Paz.

They want local government to pass laws banning pubs and brothels near schools.

Municipal council chairman Gustavo Morales told Spain's Efe news agency such regulations were in the pipeline.

'Neighbourhoods unsafe'

The protesters - mostly families mobilised by the El Alto Parents' Federation - say the establishments are making their neighbourhood unsafe.

Local newspaper reports said some bars had hidden areas for underage alcohol consumption.

"We want to end this, because our children are here, our husbands, our brothers-in-law, all the males in the family spend their time here," local resident Justina Mamani told The Associated Press news agency.

Mr Morales said the new laws would extend the minimum distance between brothels and schools from 300m to 500m (330 to 550 yards) and limit business hours for all nightlife venues.

El Alto is one of the poorest areas of Bolivia.

Many of its one million residents were instrumental in bringing down the government of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada amid violent protests in 2003.
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