A Durham man is being called a hero after helping a woman, her two children, and their dog get to safety before a train plowed into their truck Wednesday afternoon.
Mark Constant pulled over near Wrenn Road to help around 3 p.m.
“You have no recollection of time with stuff like that going on. It’s like, just do it. Go,” he said.
Constant said the woman was calling for assistance because her truck had a flat after getting hit by an ATV.
Constant noticed two kids in the back seat.
“I said, ‘Well, we need to do something because the train usually comes around this time,'” he said.
He and three other good Samaritans tried to pull the truck out of the ditch for several minutes.
The train’s caution lights then started flashing.
“I realized the danger was her being on the track and I know how the train goes through that place. That train flies.”
Once they all got to safety, the woman told him her dog was still inside. Constant didn’t think twice.
“I just turned, I looked at him, looked at the train, grabbed him. He was actually trying to get out of the car because they all left him.”
Seconds after he brought the pooch to his family, “That train hit that car. It spun that car like a little toy,” he said.
Realizing everyone was OK, he said they all hugged and high fived.
“It made me feel good when I drove off. I was like, ‘Man you did something good,'” he said.
Constant said he hopes the three other men who stopped to help are also getting some credit.
More than 40 people were on the train at the time. No injuries were reported.
The crash and events leading up to it are under investigation.