Driver rescued seconds before Caltrain smashes car

A transit police deputy removed a driver from a vehicle just before it was struck by a northbound Caltrain in Sunnyvale Monday evening, according to a Caltrain spokeswoman.

Around 6:35 p.m. the vehicle was struck by northbound train no. 385 at the Mary Avenue crossing.

Just a moment before impact the deputy pulled the driver, identified as a man in his 20s, out of the vehicle. That action that may have saved the man’s life, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Jayme Ackemann.

The deputy had been responding to a call nearby prior to the crash, according to Ackemann.

A video of the dramatic rescue was posted online by Youtube user karin Lizana, and is available at .

The incident resulted in delays of up to 45 minutes as trains single-tracked through the area. Both tracks had reopened for service by 7:45 p.m., according to Ackemann.

Train no. 385 had to be cancelled due to equipment issues, according to information posted on Twitter by @Caltrain_News.

Further details were not immediately available.