News / Halifax

RCMP officer pushes car off railroad tracks

Taking his life into his own hands, a Nova Scotia RCMP officer used his cruiser to push a damaged car out of the way of an oncoming train early yesterday morning, with only seconds to spare.

After they were notified of a single vehicle crash at around 2:20 a.m. on Highway 2 just south of Brookfield, N.S., officers from Colchester and Millbrook RCMP made their way to the site where they found the car was blocking the railway tracks.

The officers learned that a CN freight train was only minutes away.

"Const. Frank Deschenes of Northeast Nova Traffic Services, at great risk to himself, took his police car and was able to push the vehicle away with only 45 seconds prior to the train coming through," said a news release from Const. Fred Walker of the Colchester RCMP.

Deschenes' actions avoided a possible train derailment and saved lives, Walker said.

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