PALLYUP, Wash. — A dramatic rescue of man who fell onto train tracks – and his rescue by a bus driver – is all caught on camera.
The Pierce Transit driver was sitting on his bus Saturday night, the 578, waiting to load up with passengers for the drive to Seattle.
He says he walked to where the man was struggling to walk on the platform at the Puyallup Train Station.
“Probably took about four or five steps towards the bus” the driver said, “and he fell over the side of the platform down onto the track area.”
Brian Zimmerman was watching from his car.
“Well, I was there to see the Amtrak Coast Starlight,” Zimmerman said.
But he was on the other side of the platform, unable to help.
“Then I look over to my right, and I see the crossing gates are down.”
The driver saw it, too.
“Immediately there was a light, the light of the train coming down the tracks,” the bus driver said.
Video from a dash camera in Zimmerman’s car shows the bus driver spring into action.
“And then I simply grabbed his arms, off, out of the track area onto the platform,” said the driver.
Just seven seconds later, the freight train roared by.
“What did you think of what you were seeing?” Zimmerman was asked.
“It was pretty obvious that if he hadn’t gotten pulled out of that area, he would have been a goner,” the driver said.
The bus driver says he doesn’t want special recognition. He says he simply felt compelled to act.
“You know what the right thing to do is,”and you have to do the right thing,” he said.
In this case, doing the right thing means one man has lived to see another day.
Video courtesy: Brian Zimmerman
(KIRO for CBS News)