These are some rail heroes!
Two California officers saved a driver's life Monday by dragging him from his car moments before a speeding train collided with it, according to ABC News. The driver had crashed into a pole before coming to a stop on tracks in Sunnyvale, south of San Francisco. Officers with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office were just blocks away and raced to the rescue.
A witness captured the harrowing scene as it unfolded: Deputy Lance Whitted pulled the man in his 20s out of his stalled vehicle thugh the window. The two began running, but when the dazed motorist fell, Whitted dragged him to safety. Seconds later, Caltrain engine 385, a commuter train, smashed into his vehicle.
Deputy Erik Rueppel, Whitted's partner, had been flagging down the train to buy some time, according to the New York Daily News.
"This is what we’re trained to do," Whitted told KGO. "Luckily, we were at the right place at the right time."
Caltrain called the officers heroes, thanking them for their service. The driver escaped with minor injuries and no one on the commuter train was hurt.