LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles Police Department release late Sunday night showed police officers safely pulling a bleeding pilot shortly before the barrel train collided with a plane on the rails.
The crash happened at around 2pm in Pacoima. Fox 5 San Diego reports that the Cessna 172, single-engine aircraft landed on the Metrolink Antelope Valley Line train tracks. The security personnel who arrived at the scene and managed to get the pilot out of the plane before the speeding train collided.
The video showed officers of the LAPD’s Foothill Division trying to free the pilot on the railroad rails on San Fernando Road and Osborne Street. The pilot was bleeding heavily from his head injury and the officers dragged him about 15 feet from the plane. The police department credits the “heroism and swift action” taken by officers to save the man.
The identity of the pilot was not immediately released, but he was transported to a regional trauma center for treatment, the report said. He was the only person on the plane.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Cessna 172 crashed about 2:10 pm shortly after takeoff from Whiteman Airport in the San Fernando Valley community of Pacoima.
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Photos of the scene show the single-engine plane stopped with its left wing and nose touching the sidewalk along the rails.
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Officers He said Metrolink rail service was discontinued and road traffic was diverted about 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.