Man jumps from car, saves elderly woman from oncoming train

AP News
Posted: Mar 09, 2017 1:36 PM

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. (AP) — An elderly woman trying to cross the tracks in front of an oncoming train was saved by a driver who sprinted from his car and pulled her out of the way, authorities said.

Jon Mango was waiting at a Saddle Brook railroad crossing when he saw a woman with two canes trying to cross Wednesday afternoon, police said. Mango jumped out of his car and guided the woman away from the tracks.

Mango told WABC-TV ( ) the woman seemed scared and was struggling.

"I'm watching and I see her going across and I'm like, 'This isn't feeling right,'" Mango said.

A dashcam video shows Mango jump into action as the crossing lights began to flash and the nearby train sounded its horn.

"I saw the train was really coming. I sprinted onto the tracks, and I pulled her by the arm," Mango said. "She actually stopped because she was scared, so then I tried grabbing her arm and then really tried pulling her. She was having a lot of trouble."

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By the time they reached the other side of the tracks, the train had missed the woman by inches, Mango said. She was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Police praised Mango and even called his workplace to let them know what he did. But Mango said he's not a hero — he just saw that "something needed to be done."

"Just an ordinary Wednesday," Mango said.