Good Samaritan Rescues Man From Oncoming Train, After Getting Stuck On Tracks In Sugar Grove

Thanks to a stranger who came to his rescue, a driver is alive after his car was hit by a train Saturday night in west suburban Sugar Grove.

Good Samaritan Rescues Man From Oncoming Train, After Getting Stuck On Tracks In Sugar Grove

CHICAGO (CBS) — Thanks to a stranger who came to his rescue, a driver is alive after his car was hit by a train Saturday night in west suburban Sugar Grove.

CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar spoke to the man who risked it all to save the driver.

It was a matter of seconds; Lewis Medina was able to get that man out of his car and far enough away from the tracks as the train came barreling through.

“As soon as I got him at the bottom of hill, the train smashed the car,” Medina said.

In rural Sugar Grove Township, near Aurora, the roads are dark, and there aren’t many cars that pass over the train tracks on Prairie Street; but for whatever reason Medina did Saturday night around 8:30 p.m., and his timing couldn’t have been better

“As we crossed the tracks down the road, I noticed a vehicle on the tracks spinning its wheels,” he said. “”I told 911, ‘I think he might be drunk.'”

Medina got the driver out of the car. The 72-year-old behind the wheel wasn’t drunk, he was having a medical emergency and unable to get out on his own

“I looked to my right, and all of a sudden, now I see a train coming,” Medina said. “I said, ‘We don’t have no more time to wait. We got to get you out now,’ and he’s not moving.”

Medina unbuckled and pulled the driver out with just seconds to spare before the train crushed the car.

A lot of people who would have just kept going if they saw the car stuck on the tracks. Why did Medina stop?

“I would think anybody would,” he said.

His daughter, Hannah, was waiting and watching in the car. She only had one thing on her mind

“Is my dad okay? Is he alive?” she said.

Not only did dad survive, he likely saved the life of a stranger.

“I love my dad, and I know that he would help anyone in need, no matter if that cost him his life,” she sid.

Would Medina do it again?

“Absolutely. No question,” he said.

Medina said the man was released from the hospital, and told him that he had suffered diabetic shock while crossing the rails.

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Healing Through Pictures: Photographer Reaches Out For Help After Losing Brother To Gun Violence

Franchester Williams hopes the pictures she takes give her customers the kind of comfort photos of her brother now bring to her.

Healing Through Pictures: Photographer Reaches Out For Help After Losing Brother To Gun Violence

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Logan Square woman is dealing with a tragedy so many Chicago families know: he pain of losing a loved one to gun violence.

What Franchester Williams didn’t expect was the help – from strangers – that came pouring in when she asked.

CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra has the story.

Franchester Williams is busy inside her Logan Square studio, with all kinds of clients ready for their closeups.

And that’s good, because this photographer has dived into her work to distract from her grief.

“Doing this helped me from crying all the time,” she said.

Two weeks ago, William’s brother, Frederick, was a victim of gun violence, killed at his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“He loved his family. He had two kids. He loved his babies. I don’t know, it’s hard. How do you wrap somebody up in a few minutes?” she said.

To bury him, the family needed to raise funds, and Williams helped the best way she knew how; by taking photos, at a discount, and she put out the call to Logan Square on Facebook.

“I just made up a flyer, and put it out there, and just got the word out to as many people as possible,” she said.

And it worked. It’s how Harold Woods booked his shoot.

“One, she’s a close friend of mine, and so I know what all she was going through,” he said. “And, you know, it’s a small business, and especially during COVID, I know a lot of small businesses have been hit hard. So I felt like this is the least I could do.”

Strangers felt the same way too. In a matter of days, Williams had 10 bookings and several donations, from people who’d never met her or her brother.

“Everyone that comes in and they do the shoot, they will say, ‘I give my condolences,’ and I’m like, ‘I appreciate your support.’ That means a lot,” Williams said.

She hopes the pictures she takes give her customers the kind of comfort photos of her brother now bring to her.

“I like capturing moments, you know, for family to be able to look back,” she said.

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