A police officer while driving his car through a railway crossing narrowly escaped coming under a train, thanks to his cat-like reflexes.
Peter Stanglewicz, a cop from Mokena in Illinois, was driving on 191st Street in November. and about to drive through the train crossing. Seeing that the warning gates have not fallen, Stanglewicz continued to drive at the same speed. Just before he is about to get into the crossing, a train is seen coming by. Stanglewicz quickly swerved his car to the left and is saved from being hit by the train.
The entire incident is captured in the dash cam in his car.
Stanglewicz posted the video on Facebook. His post has gone viral. Describing the incident, the cop says that he probably used all his luck at once.
"Throughout my life, I've had very little luck. I've bought tons of raffle tickets, from little league tickets to charity raffles. Every lottery ticket was a loser. I just thought I wasn't born with luck at all. Little did I know, I had luck, I was just saving it all up for the perfect time. Here is all my luck being used ALL AT ONCE. If I never win anything again, I'm perfectly fine with that," he said.
The Metra railroad has said the warning gate did not fell as there was an electrical short in the crossing gate. Metra also said the equipment was repaired a few hours later and that precautions have been taken to avoid such incidents in the future.
"This is ridiculously scary! I have crossed these tracks many times but it can happen anywhere. Glad you are ok!" a person commented on his Facebook.
"Oh wow. Your Guardian Angel was working double time there!" another commenter wrote.
One commenter asked what Metra had to say about the gates failing to go down: "OMgod! This is terrifying! Thank GOD you swerved and missed it. What did Metra day about the gates not going down?"
Watch the video of the incident here.