Lodi Police Officer Erika Urrea saw the 66-year-old man in the wheelchair stuck on the tracksas the arms were coming down to block off the road for the approaching Union Pacific train.
Officer Urrea jumped out of her police vehicle and ran to help.
“I’ll be out with a man stuck on the tracks, trying to get him out,” the officer advised her dispatcher as she ran.
But when Officer Urrea got to the wheelchair, she quickly realized the big electric wheelchair’s wheels were seriously jammed in the tracks.
So she unbuckled the man from his wheelchair, grabbed him by the arms, and pulled him from the wheelchair and off the tracks just a split second before the train roared through and smashed into his wheelchair.
A social worker would have had ten questions about “Eligibility for Aid”