Video captures elderly driver rescued from car just before train hits

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AUBURN, Wa. — A man in Washington state owes his life to four people who rescued him from his car, seconds before a train hit it.

A man in the town of Auburn stepped outside of his home to move his car Saturday, and saw the elderly man, stopped on the tracks, looking confused; he and three friends rushed to the crossing.

They coaxed the man out of his car and guided him to safety, then watched as the oncoming train destroyed the car; one man’s cellphone camera recorded the sounds, and some of the sights, from the rescue. Much of the time, the phone was tucked into his pocket.

The driver wasn’t hurt. He says he’s grateful that someone recognized his plight and came to his aid.