An Aurora man was pulled from his car just moments before a train smashed into it on Saturday, Oct. 9 in Sugar Grove Township, according to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.
The release states that the 72-year-old man’s car got stuck on the railroad crossing at Barnes Road north of Prairie Street after he turned from Barnes Road onto the tracks.
After a nearby resident noticed the car’s wheels spinning on the tracks, he left his vehicle on the side of the road to check on the driver, who was apparently suffering from a medical episode and was unable to move, the release stated.
The resident unbuckled the driver and pulled him from his car after he noticed a train heading down the tracks. The two men tumbled down the side of the tracks as the train collided with the car. The resident stayed with the driver until deputies arrived a short time later, the release stated.
“Every day, we see the people of Kane County doing charitable and even courageous things for one another. It is no surprise that one of our own sprang into action just in time to save another,” Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain stated in the release.
Deputies do not believe alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the incident.