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Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy John Scaglione says he will rank last Friday as one of the top 10 close calls of his career.
Scaglione helped a driver escape an overturned cement truck just 20 seconds before it was hit by a freight train at 47th Street South and K-15. Scaglione talked to reporters Monday about the accident that happened around 9:45 a.m. this past Friday.
The driver, 36-year-old Isaac Sullivan of Wichita, was pinned in the cab. Scaglione said "parts of the vehicle were laying in his lap." Scaglione said he looked over and saw the crossing arms going down at the railroad crossing, then he saw the train coming. He said he and Sullivan started "yanking and tugging and we got out of there."
Scaglione said his only concern was to get Sullivan out of the truck, and in a situation like this you are acting on instincts alone. He said he will never hear the sound of a freight train the same way again.
Sullivan was treated and released for minor injuries at a hospital. Scaglione said he hasn't talked to Sullivan since the accident, but he plans to call him soon.