Man rescues couple before train strikes SUV in Farmingdale

Police say the incident happened around 10 a.m. at the railroad crossing on South Front Street.

News 12 Staff

Jan 29, 2022, 6:53 PM

Updated 845 days ago

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A couple is lucky to be unscathed after an SUV was hit by a patrol train in Farmingdale Saturday, police say.
They say the incident happened around 10 a.m. at the railroad crossing on South Front Street.
A couple in the SUV was stuck on the train tracks just before the vehicle was hit by the train.
Fortunately, a nearby dog tipped off its owner by barking at the window. Brad Young saw the vehicle stuck on the tracks.
"I ran outside with my shovel, tried to get the car off the tracks," Young says. "The gates went down, the train was coming, so at that point, it was too late to get the car off the tracks."
He says his adrenaline was going and eventually he was able to get the couple off the tracks safely.
Young says the couple was driving on the tracks and hit a snowbank because no one had plowed yet. They then got stuck in snow.
"They were so grateful, he took down my number and told me he'd take me out to dinner," Young says. "They were both very sweet people, and I'm just happy they are OK."
MTA police say no injuries were reported. They are investigating the incident.
News 12 tried to reach out to the couple but could not get in touch.


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