SNU Professor Survives Train Derailment

Dr. Peggy Poteet

Southern Nazarene University (SNU) professor, Dr. Peggy Poteet and husband, Dr. Jim Poteet were not hurt after a freak train derailment in Australia had many passengers wondering for their safety.
Dr. Peggy Poteet and her husband, Dr. Jim Poteet were shaken but escaped without injury after a passenger train headed to Sydney went off the tracks near North Melbourne Station moments after it embarked. The train carried 180 persons.

"All of a sudden there were five or six big bumps, our car leaned over and we were on some adventure," Poteet told Australian TV News Channel 7. "Everybody came on the train to ask if we were okay. Of course, when our car began to lean, and they then asked everybody to get out."

Peggy Poteet and her husband were transferred to a bus where they resumed their travels to Sydney. The couple has been travelling Australia for the last four weeks hosting basketball camps and joining others in missionary work.

Dr. Peggy Poteet is the Division Chair of Cultural & Communication Studies at SNU. Her husband Dr. Jim Poteet is a long-term friend of SNU and former SNU Basketball coach in the 1970s.

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