LODI, Calif. — A California police officer sprang into action when she saw a man in a wheelchair stuck at a rail crossing moments before a freight train barreled through the intersection.
Officer Erika Urrea was in her police cruiser when she noticed a man who seemed to have gotten his wheelchair stuck in the tracks at a railroad crossing in Lodi, California Monday. As she exited her vehicle and ran to help the crossing arms came down and a freight train was rapidly approaching, according to Lodi Police Department.
In the video, Urrea can be seen running to the unidentified 66-year-old man and pulling him out of his wheelchair the moment before it is hit by the speeding train.
Only 15 seconds had elapsed from when she exited her vehicle to the train hitting the empty wheelchair, according to The Sacramento Bee.
The man was taken to a hospital for a leg injury and is expected to survive, according to police.
“Officer Urrea risked her own life to save another and her actions prevented a tragedy today. We are extremely proud of Officer Erika Urrea and her heroism,” the Lodi Police Department said.
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