INTENSE VIDEO: UHP trooper risks life to save driver stranded on train tracks

INTENSE VIDEO UHP trooper risks life to save driver stranded on train tracks UHP (1).JPG
UHP trooper risks life to save driver stranded on train tracks. (Photo: Screengrab from UHP dashcam video)

Saved... at literally the last second.

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Ruben Correa is being called a hero on social media after a dash cam video shows him rushing toward a car that crashed onto train tracks.

In the video, you can see a FrontRunner train barreling toward the car near 1400 North in Centerville at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Correa was able to pull the driver out of the car and jump away just as the train slammed into the car, striking right where the driver had been sitting.

“I saw he was unconscious, so I opened his door, explained to him we got to get out. He wasn’t responding and I heard the horn from the train,” Correa said.

Correa didn't have time to pause. He pulled the man out of the car just in time.

“At that point, I wasn’t really thinking. I was just doing my job. The main concern was getting him out,” Correa said.

UHP Colonel Michael Rapich said:

An incredible and heroic action by Trooper Ruben Correa. We are so grateful that the Driver and Trooper are safe after this extremely close call. Well done Trooper Correa!!!

The UTA train operator also had to act quickly. UTA spokesperson Carl Arky said with 21 seconds to spare, the operator slammed on the emergency brakes to slow the train, which was traveling at 79 miles per hour.

"If he hadn’t hit the emergency break when he did, there might not have been enough time to get those people out of the way,” Arky said, calling both Trooper Correa and the train operator heroes.

Amazingly, no one was injured. UHP said the driver of the car suffered a medical emergency, which led to the crash, but he was checked out and cleared by medical professionals.

The incident did back up traffic on Interstate 15 for hours, as well as caused delays in FrontRunner service.