Four men rescue driver seconds before a MAX train approaches

Folks at TriMet had more issues than a train derailment Friday morning.

Cars were getting stuck in ruts crossing MAX lines along NE 99th and East Burnside.

“We saw a red mustang coming down the road. It was fishtailing a little bit. It got to that stop light up there. It went to go across those max tracks and got stuck,” said Andrew Rasmussen.

Rasmussen is a physical therapy student at Clarkson College. He watched with his mentors at Laurelhurst Physical Therapy to see what would happen to this red mustang stuck on MAX lines.

“Rear wheel drive, real low sports car, yeah probably not the best to be on these kind of roads,” he said.

Right when the mustang got stuck, four men rushed in to push the stranded driver.

“About four or five people rocked the car to get it off the tracks in about 10 to 15 seconds before the max came by,” said Rasmussen.

TriMet officials told us it was a close call indeed, but "trains are rolling slow through intersections and this one had plenty of room to stop."

The student said that it was the second car Friday morning to get stuck at the intersection.

Rasmussen added, “You kind of see something like that as being a little more dangerous but then you see the people around who jump into action when they need to help out.”

No one was injured in either case because of the Good Samaritans.

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