The train was coming and the man was rescued with seconds to spare.
On Wednesday morning in Lodi, California, a 66-year old man in a wheelchair was stuck on the train tracks with a freight train barrelling down the tracks blowing its horn.
Officer Erica Urrea just happened to be driving by and saw the man on the tracks. She sprang into action immediately running toward him to pull him from the path of the oncoming train as the crossing arm came down.
Officer Urrea approached the man asking, “Can you get up? Get up! Get up! Get up! Get up!” She then pulled him out of the wheelchair and onto the ground just as the train rushed past. The man sustained a minor leg injury in the process but was saved from a far worse fate. She called for an ambulance and he was transported to a local hospital where he is expected to survive.
Dramatic bodycam footage of the rescue was released by the Lodi police department.
The YouTube description reads:
On 08/12/2020 at around 844 AM, Officer Urrea was in the area of Lodi Ave and the railroad tracks when she saw a male in a wheelchair who appeared to be stuck on the tracks. She noticed that the railroad crossing arms started to come down and saw that a train was approaching. She immediately exited her patrol vehicle and began running towards the male. As the train was reaching them, she was able to pull the male out of the wheelchair and they both fell back onto the ground. The male suffered a leg injury that was tended to immediately by Officer Delgado (who had arrived to assist) and Officer Urrea. The 66-year-old male was ultimately transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Officer Urrea risked her own life to save another and her actions prevented a tragedy today. We are extremely proud of Officer Erica Urrea and her heroism.
Here’s the local news report with eyewitnesses.
Officer Urrea is undoubtedly a hero.
This is the vast majority of law enforcement officers–they’re there to serve and protect the public.
It’s just so amazing that Officer Urrea was there at just the right time.