Man rescued from train tracks in Evergreen Park
By STeve Metsch email@example.com May 27, 2014 12:07PM
A man was struck by a train early Tuesday in southwest suburban Evergreen Park. / photo from NVP Video
Updated: June 29, 2014 6:22AM
A woman is being hailed as a hero for dragging a man off railroad tracks early Tuesday in Evergreen Park.
Police Lt. Pete Donovan declined to reveal the woman’s name but said that if not for her action, the story might have had a tragic outcome.
“Absolutely, she’s a hero. She got him the help he needed. If not for her, he could have lain there all night and who knows what could have happened to him,” Donovan said.
Police are not naming the man but did say he is 21 and from Evergreen Park.
Police said the woman was walking about 12:45 a.m. near the CSX railroad tracks in the 8700 block of Rockwell Avenue when she spotted the man lying in the southbound tracks.
She saw a northbound train about a half-mile away and yelled for the man to get off the tracks, police said, and when she got closer, she saw that he was injured and dragged him off the tracks.
The man was unable to walk on his own, Donovan said.
He said the man was not in immediate danger from the northbound train because he was on the southbound tracks, but had he stayed there, a southbound train eventually would have come along.
After the woman dragged the man off the tracks, she went to a nearby house and knocked on the door, asking them to call for an ambulance, according to police.
They said the man was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and on the way told paramedics he was struck by a train that he did not see coming.
Information about the man’s medical condition was not available Tuesday from Christ officials.
A CSX representative did not immediately return a call Tuesday for comment.