San Mateo County Sheriff deputies Lance Whitted and Erik Rueppel were conducting enforcement in the Sunnyvale, CA, area when they heard what sounded like a car crash, according to NBC Bay Area. A man had slammed into the crossing guard arm, leaving his disabled car sitting on the Caltrain tracks. Police could hear a train barreling down the railway towards the wreckage. A bystander caught the timely rescue as it happened and uploaded the footage to YouTube.
Ruepple ran to signal to the conductor to slow down while Whitted pulled the driver from the car. As Whitted and the man ran from the tracks the driver stumbled and fell. With only moments to spare, the deputy dragged the man out of the way as the speeding Caltrain clobbered his wrecked vehicle. "I believe because of their actions this person is alive today," San Mateo County Sheriff's spokesman Salvador Zuno told NBC.
Luckily, no one was hurt in the train crash, though the lines had to be closed while clean-up crews removed debris. Police believe the driver may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. No charges have been filed, but San Mateo police are still investigating. If your car becomes stranded on train tracks for any reason, your first responsibility is to get out of the vehicle and move a safe distance away. Then, if you have time, you can think about what's next... like these kids who escaped a stranded limo and recorded a sweet train-on-car crash with a phone.