It was about 10:15 p.m., when Janice Esposito arrived at the Bellport train station, New York, jumped into her Honda Odyssey, and began the 20-minute drive home. She’d just returned from visiting her mother. When she turned left on Montauk Highway, out of nowhere a car T-boned her minivan, forcing her backward some 100 feet onto the railroad tracks. She sat in the minivan, bruised(挫伤) but mostly shocked.
As it happened, Pete DiPinto, a volunteer firefighter and retired teacher, 64, was getting ready for bed. When he heard the noise of metal on metal and broken glass coming from not far outside his bedroom window, he grabbed a flashlight and, still dressed in his pajamas(睡衣), ran out of the door. “Any firefighter would have done that,” he later said. “We're always on duty.”
The first car he came upon was the one that had hit Esposito. Once concluding the driver was OK, DiPinto looked around and spotted Esposito’s minivan straddling(横跨) the railroad tracks. And then he heard the bells signaling an oncoming train.
DiPinto dashed to the minivan and struck on the driver's side window. She just looked at him, her eyes unfocused. “I don't know where I am,” she said. “Honey, you're on the railroad tracks,” DiPinto shouted. “We have to get you off right now!” He pulled on the handle, but the door was jammed shut. The heavy train, traveling at 65 miles per hour, was whistling toward them. DiPinto ran to the passenger side and threw open the door. He pushed aside the deflating(放气) airbags, grabbed Esposito's arms, and pulled her across the seat and helped her out to safety behind a signal box a few feet away. Within six seconds, the train crashed into the minivan. “It was like a Hollywood movie,” DiPinto told reporters the next day.
The Ambulance chief told CBS New York, “The hero arrived in pajamas, not in a fire truck.”
24. What can we learn from the text?
A. Esposito was driving to her mother's.
B. The car hitting Esposito had left the scene.
C. Dipinto was called to help Esposito.
D. Esposito was rescued by a retired teacher.
25. What does the writer intend to tell us?
A. Dipinto's behaviour deserves respect.
B. Speeding and driving at night are not safe.
C. Carefulness is very significant while driving.
D. Every second counts in time of emergency.
26. Why did the hero arrive in pajamas instead of in a fire truck?
A. He'd just got out of bed. B. He was careless.
C. It was urgent. D. No fire truck was available.
27. What can be the best title for the text?
A. A Narrow Escape B. A Brave Firefighter
C. A Terrible Accident D. A Broken Minivan