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Hero cop saves man in wheelchair from being hit by train with seconds to spare

This is the dramatic moment a police officer pulled a man in a wheelchair out of the path of an oncoming train with no time to spare.

Heart-stopping bodycam footage shows officer Erika Urrea patrolling near the railway tracks in Lodi, California, US at around 8.44am on Wednesday.

As she pulls up her car by the tracks, she notices a 66-year-old man appearing to have his wheelchair wedged on the tracks when the crossing arms are coming down.

In the span of four seconds, she grabs the pensioner's arm and pulls him out of the wheelchair, saying: "Get up, get up!".

They both fall to the ground as the train hurtles past just inches from where they are lying.

The locomotive hit the man's wheelchair and he sustained a leg injury.

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The video time stamp showed the time between officer Urrea exiting her car and the train crossing was only 15 seconds.

Lodi police department released the video on Facebook along with a message: "Officer Urrea risked her own life to save another and her actions prevented a tragedy today.

"We are extremely proud of Officer Erika Urrea and her heroism."

Officer Urrea was also praised by viewers who have watched the clip on social media.

One said: "You are a true hero and an angel. Your quick action saved this man's life. Thank you officer!"

Another viewer wrote: "I am speechless and in tears. Amazing and very brave rescue by Officer Urrea, and hope this poor man recovers well."

A third added: "Hats off to Officer Urrea for a job well done! Saving a life and at the same time putting herself in harm's way. I am a person who uses a power wheelchair and many years ago got stuck on light rail tracks in Sacramento.

"I was rescued by a passing motorist back in the day. I hope this fine outstanding officer is nominated for a medal of valor."

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