A California police officer rescued a man in a wheelchair from an oncoming train with just seconds to spare.
According to the Lodi Police Department, officer Erica Urrea spotted the man, who appeared to be stuck on the railroad tracks as the alert system turned on and the crossing arm lowered. Urrea immediately exited her vehicle to rescue the man from the oncoming train. The 66-year-old male suffered a leg injury and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.
“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.” – Lodi Police Department
Watch the bodycam footage of Urrea’s heroic effort below!