Zhang Qian lives in Warsaw, Poland, where she began practicing Falun Dafa in 2004. Falun Dafa, or Falun Gong, is a spiritual cultivation practice that teaches people the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance, along with five meditative exercises.
On November 14, 2006, Zhang left her home at about 8 in the morning to drive about 100 miles to attend a group Falun Dafa exercise event. It was a Tuesday, and there was a lot of traffic downtown. To save time, she took a detour down a side road.
“I quickly came to a railroad crossing. I don’t remember seeing any signs at the time, but I saw the car in front of me drive slowly across the railroad tracks,” said Zhang, according to Minghui.org.
Zhang slowed down as she drove across the train tracks.
Suddenly, everything became quiet. As she started to wonder why she couldn’t hear the noise of the traffic anymore, all of a sudden her car was rammed on the left driver’s side and forced backward.
Zhang looked around, but everything was moving so fast, she couldn’t see what was going on. She closed her eyes in disbelief, and when she opened them again, she saw two rails through her windshield.
She had been hit by a train!
“Soon everything stopped,” she said. “My left door wouldn’t open, so I got out on the other side.”
He realized her car had been dragged for a quarter of a mile down the tracks, but for some reason she had not felt the impact or heard a sound.
As a Falun Dafa practitioner, she knew that doing good things produces good things in one’s life, but doing bad things can cause trouble, and this phenomenon can even be passed down from previous lives. She thought there must be at least a hundred people on the train. What could she have done against so many people to have such a thing happen to her?
“Immediately a dream that I had many times several months ago came to mind,” she said.
In the dream, she was following a crowd. Everyone rushed to a field full of fighter planes, got into the planes, and took off. Zhang did the same.
“In the air, we dropped bombs all over. Fire was everywhere. I was shocked because we were killing children and other civilians,” she said.
Suddenly Zhang was in front of the commander, sharing a concern for the innocent civilians. However, the commander showed her the contract she had signed and told her she didn’t have a choice. She left without saying a word.
As Zhang thought about the dream, she got back inside her car and saw in the mirror that she had a small drop of blood on her forehead—a very small piece of broken glass was in her skin. Other than that, she was completely unhurt after such a serious accident. It was a miracle.
Zhang could only thank her Teacher and the founder of Falun Dafa, Li Hongzhi, for saving her life while helping her to pay off her debt from the past.
Soon, rescuers arrived at the scene.
Zhang said she was fine and was able to exit the car by herself, but they did not believe her.
“I tried to get out again and found the door was so misshapen that it could only be opened wide enough for me to squeeze through,” she said.
A pneumatic wrench from a fire truck had to be used to separate Zhang’s car from the train.
Although she said she was not hurt, she was rushed to a hospital for an examination. A doctor checked and rechecked her X-ray in disbelief—she was not injured at all.
Zhang then went to the police station, feeling bad for all the trouble she had caused the police and delaying the passengers going to work. The train traffic was delayed for almost three hours.
“The police said no one was injured or died in the incident. I had to pay 400 zlotys ($160) and the case was closed,” she said.
In the back seat and trunk of Zhang’s car had been many boxes of pottery. Miraculously, none of it was even cracked. Although she often broke the delicate pottery in the past when she was not careful, the train’s impact had not damaged them at all.
After Zhang’s car was towed to the insurance company, it somehow looked completely different. None of the doors could be opened, the windshield and the windows on the right side, which looked fine at the crash site, were shattered, and the frame was broken.
“I believe this was the shape my car was supposed to be in when the crash happened. Teacher, to insure my safety, delayed it,” Zhang said.
Later, a friend said to her, “Do you know there’s a huge block of metal in front of Polish trains? That block hit you between the front and the back door on the driver’s side. If it had hit a millisecond earlier, it would have been your head that was smashed.”