A California police officer pulled a man out of his wheelchair and security on Wednesday, moments before he was crushed by an oncoming train, showed dramatic rescue video.
Lodi police officer Erika Urrea and Sgt. Steve Maynard were on patrol in their Central Valley community when they spotted the 66-year-old in his wheelchair stuck on the track as crossing guards were coming down and a train approached at 8:44 a.m. PT, officials said.
Urrea’s body camera captured life-and-death seconds as she sprayed from her squad car on foot, stuck on Avenue Lodi.
“Can you get up?”; Urrea asked furiously.
She unlocked it, grabbed his torso and pulled him up from the chair.
“Upohu, çohu, çohu, çohu, çohu!” Urrea shouted as the Union Pacific train approached quickly and she pulled it over.
Hatred and the man fell to the ground as the train crashed through the legs of his cart away.
“I need an ambulance now!” Urrea shouted.
The man was taken to hospital and he was in stable condition on Thursday.
“While the incident happened very quickly, we believe the wheel of the chair was stuck in the groove between the railway track and the cement,” said Lt. police and Lodi Michael Manetti.
Lodi police hailed Urrea’s bold and decisive move. The 36-year-old single mother has been at work for 14 years.
“We are very proud of Officer Urrea and her heroic actions.” This is another shining example of the bold actions that law enforcement men and women display every day. “
The video has been viewed millions of times around the world since Lodi police first posted it on their YouTube page late Wednesday afternoon.
Former pro-basketball basketball player Chapman, a multiple social media disruptor who could make the video go viral simply by sharing it with his 918,000 followers, posted the clip Wednesday night. And for his food alone, it only took 17 hours for the Lodi clip to reach a million views.
“Oh. My God,” Chapman wrote, summarizing the content of the video.
A news anchor on Sacramento TV, with only 4,500 followers, also had a million video views in the same time frame as Chapman’s post.
Lodi’s San Joaquin County community, with a population of 67,000, is about 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and 40 miles south of Sacramento.
The agricultural town was the subject of the 1969 song “Lodi” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Today Lodi is a leading regional producer of wine grapes, especially Zinfandel.
Ali Gostanian contributed.