Centerville, UT – A Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) trooper ran in front of an oncoming train to save an unconscious man parked on the tracks on Wednesday morning (video below).
The incident occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m., after UHP Trooper Ruben Correa received a report that a vehicle was parked on the train tracks between Parrish Lane and Pages Lane, KSL reported.
With the bright light of the northbound FrontRunner train looming in the distance, Trooper Correa jumped out of his patrol vehicle, raced through a ditch, and clambered up the steep hill to the tracks, dashcam footage showed.
“At that point, I wasn’t really thinking,” the trooper later told KSL. “I was just doing my job.”
Trooper Correa roused the unconscious driver and yelled at him to get out of the vehicle.
“Get out of here! We’ve got a train coming!” the desperate officer exclaimed as the rapidly-approaching train bore down on them.
The train’s horn blared as the trooper dragged the unresponsive man out of the vehicle and down the embankment, the video showed.
Within a second, the train slammed into the man’s vehicle, throwing it at least 30 feet down the tracks, KSL reported.
It was traveling between 50 and 80 miles per hour at the moment of impact, KTRK reported.
Neither the man nor the trooper was injured in the catastrophic collision, according to KSL.
“That’s when I realized, ‘Oh wow – that was a lot closer than what I would have liked,” Trooper Correa later explained. “I’m still trying to process everything that happened. I’m just very grateful that I was able to get him out and he’s alive and he’s back with his family now.”
Trooper Correa said that the man suffered an unknown medical episode prior to his arrival.
UHP Colonel Michael Rapish said that the trooper took “incredible and heroic action” to save the driver.
“We are so grateful that the Driver and Trooper are safe after this extremely close call,” Col. Rapish tweeted. “Well done Trooper Correa!!!”
You can watch dashcam footage of the dramatic rescue in the video below: