VIDEO: Cleveland siblings rescue man from path of train
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. —
The day turned out a little differently than the Flanders family planned - while on vacation, they ended up helping to save a man in a wheelchair from being run over by a train.
"We were just driving, we were going to get some lunch and we decided to get take out instead so we went home," says Julie Flanders. "I was looking down at my phone trying to order order pizza and I just happened to look up at the right second... and noticed that there was someone crossing the train tracks."
The woman ran to the tracks and was attempting to pull the man out of the wheelchair, into safety.
So Julie and Chandler ran to the tracks to join in helping the other good Samaritan.
"We jumped out of the car and started running," said Julie.
"We knew we had to do something," Chandler said.
In those moments, the warning light flashing, and the Flanders siblings knew the train was on its way.
Julie and Chandler joined the attempt to move the man out of the way, and bring his belongings including his wheelchair out of the path of the train.
“It was very scary, we were standing... where we were standing I could reach my hand out and I could touch the train as it was moving that's how close we were."
"I am still kind of speechless about everything that happened," Julie said.
The Flanders say they will be returning to Cleveland tomorrow afternoon.