A Utah Highway Patrol Officer risked his own life to save the a person stuck on the train tracks a few moments before a train could arrive there.
The dashboard camera captures him rushing out of his vehicle and into the train tracks to rescue the unconscious driver whose vehicle had crashed on the tracks.
“We’ve got to get out of here, we’ve got a train coming! We’ve got a train coming! We’ve got a train coming!” Trooper Ruben Correa can be heard shouting. Just before the train collided with the vehicle, Correa pulled the driver into the grass surrounding the tracks.
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Thankfully nobody was injured although the vehicle was completely destroyed.
“I looked to my left and was able to observe the train was coming pretty fast,” Correa said, “anywhere between 50 – 80 miles per hour.”
“At that point, I actually wasn’t really thinking, I was just doing my job, and the main concern was getting him [the driver] out,” he added.
The vehicle had skidded off the freeway and crashed through a fence, before stopping on the train tracks. The driver suffered a medical condition. Correa was at a nearby traffic stop when he got a call about a car on the tracks. “Before I knew it, that train hit that vehicle and we were able to make it out alive,” said Correa.
Correa said he didn’t realise the magnitude of the situation until he saw the train launch the SUV from the tracks. “That’s when I realized, ‘Oh, wow, that was a lot closer than what I would have liked,’” he said.
It is because of the timely intervention by Officer Correa that the driver’s life could be saved. We thank God for officers like Correa who put their lives on the line of duty everyday for us.