to connectVideoUtah trooper hailed as hero after saving the driver of the oncoming train
Raw video: Utah Highway Patrol releases dashcam video from the officer’s Andre Correa pull a stranded motorist out of his car just before the train smashes into the car.
A Utah Highway Patrol Officer is being hailed as a hero after he risked his life to pull a man off of the tracks moments before the train pass through the area.
Dashboard camera footage shows the officer of the bolts out of his vehicle and running into the path of the oncoming train to rescue an unconscious driver from a vehicle that had crashed onto the track.
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“We need to get out of here, we have yet to see a train coming! We have yet to see a train coming! We have yet to see a train coming!” Trooper Reuben Correa could hear the screams. Just before the train collided with the car, Correa pulled out the driver on the grass, around the track.
No one was injured in the crash, but the vehicle was destroyed.
“I looked to my left, and I was able to watch as the train came up pretty soon,” Correa told KSL-TV, “somewhere between 50 and 80 miles per hour.”
“At that point, I wasn’t really, really think about it, I was just doing my job, and it is the most important area of concern for him, [the driver],” he added.
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The vehicle had veered off the highway, crashed through a fence and came to a halt on the track after the driver suffered a medical condition. Correa was the conclusion of the traffic stop nearby when he responded to a call of a car on the track. “Before I knew it, the train struck the vehicle, and we were able to make it out alive,” said Correa.
Correa said that he doesn’t feel the weight of the situation until he saw the train of the launch of the compact SUV on the tracks. “That’s when I realized, ‘Oh, wow, that was a lot better than I would have liked,” he said.
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The incident backed up traffic on Interstate 80 for four hours, and is caused by the delays on the Utah Transit Authority’s front runner train service.