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Posted: October 27, 2011

Hero Hauls Man Off Train Tracks

By Veronica Waters


A good Samaritan will be honored Thursday night for his bravery and self-sacrifice after saving someone from being hit by a train.

Norb Krzak was on his way to build a fence early Saturday when he saw a car go down an embankment on Highway 72, near the railroad tracks.  He called 911 and pulled over to check on the driver.

Krzak witnessed a mangled car and two people who had been ejected from the vehicle, he said--one covered in blood, one sitting upright on the train tracks.  And he heard a train coming.

The chilling 911 recording reveals the oncoming train's loud whistle, and Krzak's loud screams as he tells the dispatcher that there's a train coming, and repeatedly warns the man to get up.

"Get off the tracks, dude!  Get off the tracks!" Krzak yells, as the injured man moans something in the background.  "I know you're hurt!"

"Can you pull him?" asks the dispatcher.  "Just pull him."

"Ah!" Krzak grunts.  "He got off the tracks.  I got him off."

About a minute later, he says, the train slammed into the back end of the car that was still partially on the tracks. 

Both injured men continue recuperating and are out of intensive care.  The Madison County Commission will honor his heroism at their 6:30 meeting this evening.

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