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VIDEO: Woman rescued as train hits car in Mesa

Posted: 3:20 PM, Nov 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-03 01:18:17-04
Car v train in Mesa
car v train in Mesa 11-2-19

MESA, AZ — A Valley woman is lucky to be alive after her car was rear-ended and pushed into the path of an oncoming train Saturday afternoon.

Witnesses tell ABC15, the woman slammed on her brakes to avoid hitting the railroad track arms and was hit from behind by a red pickup truck, forcing her car onto the train tracks.

Gloria Carcia got out of her vehicle and pulled the woman to safety before the train collided with her car.

"The train was getting closer and closer and I'm here looking at the train, looking at her, it's like oh my gosh she's gonna get hit, she's gonna get hit."

"We both started running backwards because the hit was getting so close and then when the hit went pow! Her car almost hit us from trying to get away from the train wreck."

Mesa firefighters say no one was injured in the wreck.

"I'm just glad that lady is okay and she keeps telling me 'you saved my life,' and I really don't feel I did but she says I did and I just thank God, I was at the right place at the right time," said Carcia.

See video of the crash below. (Courtesy: Arizona Auto Glass Pros)

North and southbound lanes of traffic at Alma School, Extension and Center roads will be closed for several hours, police say.

Commuters are advised to avoid the area while crews work to clear the scene.

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The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Stay with ABC15 News and abc15.com for updates.