Bizarre. "Lying on the tracks"? Obviously the guy is troubled. Missing getting run over by a train by an instant was crazy.
A police officer in New Jersey is being credited with saving the life of a man lying on tracks who was unaware an oncoming train was about to hit him, reports CBS New York. Perth Amboy officer Kyle L. Savoia’s body camera recorded him racing to intercept a man in a red shirt lying face down on the tracks, not realizing a train was barreling toward him last week.
The 22-year-old Savoia was dispatched for a welfare check at the Perth Amboy station Thursday around 8 a.m. The officer says when he got the call he knew there’d be a man on the tracks, but he didn’t realize there would be an oncoming train. Once he saw it bearing down, he knew he’d have to act fast. Savoi’s body cam video shows he went from jogging to sprinting. “In a split second, I decided to start running,” he told CBS New York. “In that situation, your training takes over.”
It turns out the man was homeless and, after being taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center for treatment, he showed up at police headquarters to thank Savoia again. “He said I’m a true hero to him,” Savoia said. “That he had a two-year-old, that he had a family to go home to.”