When a police officer noticed a man in a wheelchair stuck on train tracks with a train fast approaching, she sprung into action and saved the man moments before tragedy could have struck.
Officer Erica Urrea, from the Lodi Police Department in California, was in her patrol vehicle on August 12 around 8:44am when she noticed a man sitting in a wheelchair who appeared to be stuck on the crossing near Lodi Avenue.
As the barricades came down, indicating a train was approaching, Officer Urrea leapt from her car and ran over to the man. She pulled him from his wheelchair, sending them both falling backwards to the ground where the train narrowly missed them both.
The intense ordeal was captured on the officer’s body cam and shows just how close the train came to hitting them both.
As the pair lay on the ground the with train speeding past them, the officer can be heard requesting an ambulance over the radio.
She continues to hold the man’s hand, trying to pull him further away from the train.
Lodi Police Department confirmed the 66-year-old male suffered a leg injury and was treated at the scene by another officer who arrived shortly after the incident.
The incredibly lucky man was then transported to a local hospital for 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,” a Lodi Police Department spokesperson said.
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