Bystanders pull elderly woman from car before it’s struck by Metra train

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LOMBARD, Ill — A police officer and a pair of Good Samaritans pulled an elderly driver from her car moments before it was struck by a Metra train in Monday night.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m., 96-year-old Antoinette Lazarra found herself stuck on the railroad crossing at Grace Street and St. Charles Place in Lombard, according to police. Witnesses say her wheels spun as she tried to break free.

With the Metra Union Pacific West line train rolling in, Good Samaritan Steve Spapperi was the first motorist to rush to the vehicle and reach Lazarra. Another Lombard resident, Justin Mueller, joined the effort as Lombard Officer Dan Herrera arrived on the scene.

Together they were able to pull her from the vehicle, just before it was hit by the train. No injuries were reported.

Lazzara’s family is thanking everyone who sprung into action.


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