A California police officer pulled a man out of his wheelchair and to safety on Wednesday, moments before he was to be crushed by an oncoming train, showed a dramatic video of the rescue.
Lodi police officer Erika Urrea and Sgt. Steve Maynard was on patrol in their Central Valley community when they spotted the 66-year-old man in his wheelchair, fastened on tracks when crossing guards were coming down and a train approached at 8:44 PT, officials said.
Urrea’s body camera captured life and death seconds as she sprinted from her troop car to pedestrians, trapped on Lodi Avenue.
“Can you stand up?”
She untied him, grabbed his upper body and pulled him out of the chair.
“Get up, get up, get up, get up, get up!” Urrea screamed as the Union Pacific train approached.
Urrea and the man fell to the ground when the train struck through the wheelchair’s feet away.
“I need an ambulance now!” Urrea screamed.
The man was taken to hospital and Lodi police praised Urrea’s bold and heroic actions.
“Officer Urrea risked her own life to save another and her actions prevented a tragedy today,” the department said in a statement. “We are extremely proud of Officer Erika Urrea and her heroism.”