Two brave deputies from the Californian city of Sunnydale are being praised as heroes following a rescue that almost certainly prevented tragedy.
At around 6:40pm on the 3rd of August, deputies Lance Whitted and Erik Rueppel were conducting their daily duties when they heard a car crash onto a railway junction just blocks away.
The quick-thinking cops rushed to the scene of the incident and while one officer signalled frantically at the train to stop, the other freed the driver from his vehicle, which was trapped under the railway gate at the South Mary Intersection.
Barely seconds after the man, in his 20s, had been pulled to safety, the double-decker Caltrain sped through the crossing, destroying the front of the car. Shortly afterwards another train struck the vehicle, damaging it further.
The incident is currently under investigation, with the sole occupant of the car believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time.
San Mateo County sheriff spokesman Salvador Zuno commented: "Had they not acted, who knows what would have happened."