A police officer rescued a man in a wheelchair that was stuck on the track as a train was barreling down on him. The incident was all captured on body cam footage, while the officer pulled the man off the tracks with seconds to spare.
Lodi Police Officer Erika Urrea was patrolling near the railroad tracks at Lodi Avenue, about 8:44 am when she noticed the man on the tracks.
As she pulled up in her car, Urrea noticed that the man, who was solely identified as a 66-year-old, appeared to have his wheelchair caught on the tracks just as the crossing arms had been coming down and an oncoming Union Pacific train was approaching, police said in a social media post.
The video shows Urrea running from her cruiser towards the man, trying to yank his chair off the tracks. It took the officer only 4 seconds of dealing with the chair being wedged in to decide she had to pull the man off the chair to save him from being killed. Urrea and the man both fell to the ground while the train barreled past them, the video shows, amid a frightening thud of the train hitting the wheelchair and the man’s leg. Thanks to her fast reaction time, the man avoided his demise.
The time between Urrea exiting the cruiser and the train crossing was 15 seconds.
Urrea jumped up off the ground, radioed for help and pulled the man away from the tracks. She saved his life, because that’s what cops do every day in every jurisdiction in the land. They save lives.
The man was taken to a hospital for an injury after being treated by Urrea and Officer Chris Delgado, who arrived only seconds later. He’s expected to survive, police said.
“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,” Lodi Police Department said in the Facebook post.
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…
The man’s rescue came after a flood of train-related deaths in San Joaquin County this year. There have been a minimum of 5 deaths in San Joaquin County, including in Lodi and Stockton. The most recent death was July 28, when a man was hit by a passing train near the Lodi Transit Station. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The year before, 11 people had been killed in train-related incidents in the county, including 4 who had been pedestrians, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
What is it with trains in that area?
In Sacramento County, 7 out of 9 people killed by trains were pedestrians hit by trains in 2019.
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California is the number one state for the number of people killed by trains according to the administration, representing one-fifth of all deaths and injuries reported. Based on preliminary 2019 data revealed in April, the agency stated that 141 people had been killed and another 95 were injured in train-related incidents.
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