The man who pulled a woman from the railroad tracks in Bossier City over the weekend moments before a train came through says he isn't a hero. He doesn't even want to be identified. He says what he did on Saturday was instinct, and police say it saved the woman's life.
Bossier City authorities are still investigating the wreck, which happened around 8 p.m. Saturday night near a railroad crossing in the 3600 block of Industrial Drive.
A man working nearby told police that he saw a woman driving her Kia Optima westbound on Industrial Drive at a high rate of speed when it left the road in a curve right before the crossing. The car went into a ditch and then onto the railroad tracks where it stopped.
The witness told investigators that the driver tried to drive off the tracks as a freight train was approaching, but it wouldn't budge. That's when he helped the woman get out of the stuck car, "I told her she needed to get her seatbelt off and get out of the car, all of a sudden the train was coming, blowing the horn," the witness told KSLA News 12.
The engineer told police he started trying to stop when he saw the car on the tracks.
"When the train started blowing it's horn, it turned into a different ball game from there, you kind of go into survival mode at that point," the witness said.
He explained that he pushed her out of the car and jumped out of the way, with only seconds to spare before the train smashed into the car. Police say the train dragged the car a hundred feet down the tracks.
Both individuals survived the accident, but the man who saved the woman insists he was simply in the right place at the right time, and acted on his instincts. "If it was my wife [in that situation] I wish someone would return the favor," he said.
The 45-year-old driver was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries she received when her car ran off the road.
Police think alcohol played a role in the wreck. According to Bossier City Spokesman Mark Natale, the woman was not booked into jail and they are waiting for the results of a blood alcohol test to come back from the crime lab to decide whether she will be charged with a DWI.
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