Man saves woman from oncoming train
56-year-old Theo Driessen from Heelsum did not hesitate to spring into action, Tuesday evening, when he noticed a 70-year-old female driver from Wageningen in her car on the train tracks in Wolfheze, while a train was coming. Driessen thinks he just did what he had to do when he saw the car in front of him drive up the tracks, while the crossing gates were closing.
"I had just picked up my youngest daughter from Papendal, where she's an intern, when I saw the car in front of me on the tracks and the gates closing. All I could think was it wasn't going to end well," said Driessen. The brave man jumped out of his car and pulled a very confused woman out of her car, while he could see the lights of the oncoming train approaching fast. The woman wanted to go back for her purse, but as Driessen held on to her, he heard a loud bang. His daughter, who saw everything happen, and saw her father in grave danger, was very distressed. The female driver ended up on the Spoorweg, when she took a wrong turn, entering Wolfheze over the Amsterdamseweg. She intended to turn on the Parallelweg, but got confused. The car was a total loss, the tracks were closed for a couple of hours.