Two Delaware police officers in the right place at the right time saved a driver just in the nick of time.
The cops were working security Sunday night at a local restaurant in Newark when police say a man driving an SUV, got stuck on the railroad tracks, just before the vehicle was hit by a freight train.
“Their quick thinking and quick action averted what could have been an unfortunate situation,” Sgt. Gerald J. Bryda said.
The SUV was destroyed, but thankfully the 76-year-old driver was not hurt.
According to an article in the News Journal, two officers working extra-duty jobs, standing on the porch of The Deer Park Tavern, saw the SUV get stuck. The driver apparently tried to make a right turn at the tracks but instead got stuck on some gravelly pavement.
“The officers immediately ran over, says Bryda, and just as they reached the driver, warning indicators began to flash and the gate arms came down, indicating an approaching train.”
Moments after the officers pulled the driver from the SUV, a CSX freight train plowed into it, pushing it several hundred feet, before it separated from the front of the train.
Police say no one was injured and they don’t believe alcohol was involved.