An elderly New Jersey woman was saved Wednesday afternoon while crossing train tracks when a man jumped out of his car and helped her avoid an oncoming train.
Jon Mango, 28, was sitting in his car in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, waiting for the New Jersey Transit train to pass when he noticed an elderly woman in the middle of the tracks trying to get to safety, ABC7 reported. He realized she wasn’t going to be able to get across in time, so he jumped out of his car and tried to hurry her out of harm's way.
“She was scared, like I was trying to do something,” Mango told the news station. “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.”
Another man appeared at the last second and the two helped her off the tracks, narrowly avoiding the train by just inches, CBS New York reported. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene, but the woman refused treatment.
The unidentified woman was no stranger to the area. “The woman is always walking through our community and in all types of weather conditions attracting many to gaze and many others to offer assistance,” said Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler, CBS reported.
“I’m not a hero, I’m not anything. I just saw something and something needed to be done,” Mango, whose car dash cam caught the rescue on video, told ABC7.
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