Good Samaritans Rescue Woman From Car Stuck On Train Tracks

Bernie Tafoya
January 15, 2019 - 1:43 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- We’re learning more about the way Good Samaritans rescued an elderly driver on Monday night from some train tracks in west suburban Lombard. 

Lombard Police Chief Roy Newton said that, instead of driving over railroad tracks at St. Charles Road and Grace Street around 8:30 p.m. Monday night, a "disoriented" 96-year-old woman drove her 2006 Mercury Zephyr onto the tracks and got stuck. 

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Chief Newton said a 20-year-old man and a 24-year-old man saw what had happened and rushed to the woman's aid.

Police Officer Dan Herrera, 26, arrived as the two men were just getting the woman out of the car and carried the woman to safety.

The chief says a "couple of minutes later" Metra's Union Pacific West Line train #65 came through the crossing and slammed into the car.

Chief Newton said police had tried calling the railroad to warn the engineer to stop because of the car on the tracks, but the word did not get to the engineer in time.

No one was injured but Chief Newton said the elderly woman was taken to a hospital for observation and her family was called.

Of the two 20-somethings' actions, Chief Newton said, "That’s spectacular. That’s why we call people Good Samaritans because they step up and they do what needs to be done."