No injuries were reported following a train collision thanks to the quick action of a local serviceman.
Nick Moore of Mazon was traveling North on Old Mazon Road around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night with his wife Rachel Moore and his mother-in-law Michele Cooper when they spotted a vehicle stuck on the railroad crossing with an elderly Gardner woman and a dog standing on the tracks. With around two minutes to spare, Moore helped the woman and dog out of the path of the oncoming train before it struck the woman’s vehicle.
“We rolled up and saw the car stuck on the tracks and I realized the lady was disoriented and walking around on the tracks with her dog. I helped her off and just a few minutes later the train came and hit her car,” Moore said, “We’re just happy she was all right. Cars can be replaced but she can’t be.”
Moore is an active-duty airman currently based in Hampton, Va. He is scheduled to leave the military this spring and hopes to pursue a career as a firefighter and paramedic.
Rachel Moore said the incident helped strengthen her faith in God, since the road was rarely trafficked and they were taking a different route home than usual.
“If we didn’t happen to be coming down this road, if we hadn’t been in the right place in the right time, the accident could have been so much worse,” Rachel Moore said, “When the train came I was expecting there to be an explosion, but the train was slowing down and it just pushed the car out of the way.”
The Moores and Cooper praised the response time and professionalism of the first responders.
“We called 911 right when we saw her stuck, and when we said we heard a train they hung up and called the train operators to get them to put on the brakes,” Cooper said, “We called again once the train hit the car and they got here pretty quick.”
The woman and her dog were picked up by a relative about an hour later. Both the woman and her relative expressed their gratitude to Moore and his family before leaving.