Have you heard of the old saying of being "in the right place at the right time"? If anything else, this holds true for a Utah man who was filming trains in the city of Wellington in Carbon County this past Friday with his iPhone.
In the YouTube video's description, James Wood says he was recording video for his 4-year old son at 100 E. Railroad Avenue in Wellington when he captured footage of a train ripping through a water truck that was crossing the tracks at that precise moment.
The impact destroyed the vehicle but miraculously, the man who filmed the crash said that the two men inside the truck escaped unscathed, while the train conductor told him that the two men aboard the rail vehicle were also unharmed.
Wellington Police Chief Lee Berry confirmed that no one was hurt in the incident. "They are lucky," Berry told The Salt Lake Tribune. "One second later and they would have been wrapped around the train."
Berry said that while there are no crossing arms at the intersection, there are "signs, flashing lights and a bell", which should have warned the truck driver.
Speaking to Todays THV, Wood told reporters that right after the crash, he abandoned his camera and ran towards the truck expecting to find casualties. “He got out of the truck [and] I said, ‘Are you alright,’ and he said, ‘Yeah, I’m fine. And I said, ‘Dude, you are the luckiest man alive right now,’” Wood said.
Police is currently investigating the incident. .
If you scroll down, you will find Wood's description of the accident on YouTube and footage from the crash.
James Woods Describes the Accident on YouTube:
"While working out in Wellington, UT, I witnessed a train collision with a water truck. I happened to get it on video because I was taping the train for my 4-year old son, who is a big fan of Thomas the Train. As I started recording, I was looking down to see where the train was, and panned the camera over to the engine and followed it to the crossing. Little did I realize that it was about to destroy the water truck.
I turned away for a moment just before the collision to see how long the train was and heard what sounded like a stick of dynamite exploding, only to turn back to see the truck being mauled to death by the train. I was stunned for a moment because it was surreal to see this happening right before me.
After I gathered myself, I turned off the camera and ran as fast as I could to help the men inside the truck. I was expecting to see bodies when I got there. Thank God the two men were okay - not even a scratch.
That was one heck of a ride for them, and they are the luckiest men I know. I literally witnessed a miracle because despite the fact that the train destroyed the truck, the men inside were okay and they are alive, and will be going home to their families tonight.
I spoke to the conducter on the train, and the two men aboard are okay as well. I'm so thankful that this didn't end as bad as it could have, and will keep these men, and their families, in my prayers tonight."