One cop managed to pull out a man out of his car seconds before said vehicle was hit by a train.
A drunk driver’s life was saved by a deputy from Sunnyvale, California, US, after said driver was nearly hit by a moving train.
Lance Whitted, the deputy at the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, and one of his colleagues were carrying out a traffic stop on the streets of Sunnyvale when Whitted spotted a driver struggling to get his car off the train tracks nearby. A train was moving towards the driver and his vehicle and the cop reacted extremely fast by pulling the man out of the car just seconds before the train hit the vehicle.
The driver was identified as a 20 year old man named Nelson Gomez. Gomez was apparently driving while in a drunken state. Furthermore, he had also hit another vehicle earlier that day and he didn’t have his license on him. The 20 year old guy received 4 charges – hit-and-run, driving under the influence of alcohol, violation of probation and driving without a license. Mr. Whitted was praised as a hero for saving the man’s life. He stated that he didn’t even have time to think and analyze the situation, because his instincts immediately kicked in. The cop also said that he and his colleagues are trained not only to practice law, but also to save lives, which is exactly what he did in Gomez’s case.
A spokesperson for the train company also spoke out about the near-accident and said that such cases are hard not only for the victims and their families, but also for the staff as well. The spokeswoman said the company was grateful that the two cops were there to save the man’s life and to prevent a lethal accident.