Norwalk, CT (WFSB) — A Norwalk police officer is being credited with saving a woman’s life. Officer Neil Robertson stopped at a traffic light on Cross Street near Wilton Avenue just before 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. While stopped, he spotted an SUV “stopped within the area of the closing gates.”
Police said that Robertson rushed to the SUV as he could see the train’s headlamp coming from the Wall Street tunnel.
Robertson determined that there was not enough time for the SUV to back up and there were several vehicles lined up in bumper-to-bumper traffic because Interstate 95 was shut down. Robertson was able to quickly tell all of the vehicles to move forward. This quick action allowed the SUV “to pull forward seconds prior to the train striking it and averting a tragedy,” police said.
Norwalk Police Chief Tom Kulhawik learned about the incident after being emailed by an eyewitness. “One of your officers deserves praise as he saved a lady from being hit by a train,” the eyewitness, who only identified as Simon K, said.
Simon K said the woman in the SUV was lucky that the officer rushed to her aid.
“He managed to save the day with about two seconds to spare,” Simon K said. Kulhawik also praised the actions of Robertson.
“Had Officer Robertson not been there and taken swift action, the incident would have likely ended tragically,” he said.
By Joseph Wenzel, IV