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A good Samaritan is being praised by the Kane County Sheriff's Office for pulling a man out of his vehicle to safety just before it was hit by a train near the BNSF crossing at Barnes Road, just north of Prairie Street in Sugar Grove Township, Saturday.

A 72-year-old driver, who is from Aurora, had turned west from Barnes Road onto the railroad tracks and was driving down the tracks with the vehicle's wheels outside the rails before the vehicle got stuck.

A passerby saw the vehicle stuck on the tracks and went to check on the driver who was apparently having a medical episode and was unable move. The passerby also saw an oncoming train and was able to unbuckle the driver, pull him out of the vehicle, and tumble down the side of the tracks just before the train hit the car.

The passerby stayed with the driver until help arrived. Police do not suspect that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Sheriff Ron Hain he sees the citizens of Kane County doing charitable and even courageous things for one another everyday. He says it's no surprise that a resident sprang into action just in time to save another.