Video shows Good Samaritans rescue elderly man seconds before train hits his car

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(December 2, 2015) – A couple of Good Samaritans in Washington rescued an elderly man seconds before a train hit his car.

According to Q13, Richie Sanchez was leaving his friend’s house on the night of November 28 when he saw a car stuck on the tracks.

“As soon as I walked over to the car, I noticed he was an elderly man, and he had no idea or recollection where he was whatsoever,” Sanchez told Q13. The driver was disoriented and turned onto the train tracks, thinking it was a street.

Sanchez called 911 while another woman, Cynthia Svendgard, tried to help the man out of the car.

“A car has actually hit the house from a collision here,” she said. “So I was trying to get everyone as far away as I could.”

Moments later, they heard a train approaching, so they picked the man up and dragged him off the tracks.

“It was just the most frightening, adrenaline rush I’ve had in a long time,” says Sanchez.

The train hit the car and dragged it about 150 feet down the tracks just seconds later, but fortunately no one was hurt.

“I think I did what I was supposed to do,” said Svendgard. “I did what a lot of other people would do for me, I would hope so.”

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