Alan Smith lives and breathes trains.
"We are going to be following it through Dover, Florida," he said on a video.
When he happened to catch the sight of a train split in half, he couldn't believe his eyes.
"We got an emergency here. The train just busted couple open," he yelled on his video.
It would only take seconds for both halves of the train to stop, but Alan kept rolling.
"It sounded like it was almost going to derail. It sounded like a bunch of metal hitting metal," he said.
The train would come to stop about three fourths of a mile from where it originally separated.
"That is when I figured okay something happened, the engineer is way ahead, so I went up there to get him and bring him back to this location," he said.
Alan brought the conductor and his tolls to the other half of the train and they went to work.
"That is probably what I heard on the track going ‘bang bang bang,' " he commented on the video.
He said the video showed a knuckle that holds the cars together had busted.
"He (the engineer) told me this rarely happens, but when it does, it's no big deal," he said.
But, it was a big deal to Alan.
"You never know, it's like a lottery ticket. It's very rare for that to happen. You don't see that every day," he said.
And he found a souvenir to remember the day.
"It is pretty heavy just for half a knuckle, and that will be part of my keepsake to remember this day," he said.
CSX released this statement:
"The video shows the coupler separating and the train coming to a safe stop. The train's systems are designed to immediately apply brakes if a problem with the equipment is detected."
To view the full video of the CSX train splitting in half click here:
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