Pottstown Ofc. Gregory Fritz pulls woman from car seconds before train hits

Passenger was unable to get herself out of car stuck on tracks

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Published: Jan 30 2013 03:44:55 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 11 2013 05:55:01 PM EST
Train hits car in Pottstown

A Montgomery County woman is alive today thanks to the quick-thinking actions of a Pottstown police officer.

The Sanatoga woman was a passenger in a car that became stuck on the train tracks at the South Hanover Street crossing in Pottstown around 11 p.m. Thursday, said Capt. Richard Drumheller, Pottstown Police Dept.

As a freight train approached, the driver of the car, a woman from Birdsboro, Berks Co., got out, but her passenger was stuck inside, Drumheller said.

Ofc. Gregory Fritz, a 24-year veteran of the force who was on patrol in the area, arrived on the scene within moments and, with not enough time to stop the train, pulled the passenger to safety less than a minute before impact, said Drumheller, who noted that the train pushed the car about two blocks to the Charlotte Street crossing before it was able to stop.

No one was hurt.

The car mistakenly ended up on the tracks after the driver made a wrong turn, Drumheller said. The driver traveled about 60 feet along the tracks before the car became stuck.