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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Former Wellington man helps with life-saving rescue

  • Dru Kane, formerly of Wellington, assisted with pulling a man from a wrecked truck moments before it was destroyed by an oncoming train in Wichita last week.
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  • Hollywood couldn't have written a better action sequence.
    A train is barreling toward an overturned cement truck, the driver still inside.
    This was the scene for Dru Kane, a former Wellington resident, last Friday morning.
    It started out to be a typical day for Kane. Shortly before 9:45 a.m., he was driving his AAA Portable Services work truck to a call. He noticed something strange in his rearview mirror, at the intersection of 47th Street South and K-15.
    "I was sitting at the stoplight, getting ready to turn. I could see this truck in my rearview mirror. I thought, 'Damn, he's hauling ***.'"
    Seconds later, the unbelievable happened.
    The cement truck lost control, flipping onto its side, stalling out on top of the railroad tracks.
    "I was in disbelief. You only see things like this happen on T.V.," said Kane.
    He leapt into action.
    "A lot of people were sitting at the light, I just felt like I had to do something."
    Kane and another motorist approached the truck to find 36-year-old Issac Sullivan, pinned in the cab of his truck.
    "He was bleeding, but coherent. He said he couldn't get out. He was complaining he was in pain, so we decided not to move him," said Kane.
    Minutes later, Deputy John Scaglione arrived on the scene to survey the situation. Seconds later, the men heard a noise -- the worst possible noise you could hear at a time like this.
    "That's when the crossing arm started going down," said Kane.
    Onlookers ran toward the train, waving their arms, attempting to alert the train of the impeding danger.
    Deputies drove parallel to the track toward the train with lights and sirens blaring.
    "Me and the other guy pulled the rest of the windshield out. Once the cop got the guy broke free, we grabbed his arms and pulled him free," said Kane.
    Kane helped carry the injured driver off the tracks, and not a moment too soon.
    The 48-car, 4,000 ton Burlington Northern Santa Fe train made contact with the cement truck at more than 35 miles per hour. The cab was flattened.
    Every Wichita news station covered the accident, but there's no mention of any motorists assisting the deputy – a fact that our humble hero isn't upset about.
    "The news people asked me for an interview, but I declined," said Kane, "I had to get back to work."
    After collecting his thoughts at a nearby convenience store, he called his boss to let him know why he was running a little late on his route.
    Heroes don't need a cape. They are the working people who live around us.
    Page 2 of 2 - When danger calls, you never know how you'll react. It's fight or flight.
    Issac Sullivan is glad Kane and other responders are fighters.
    Hours after the accident, a friend of Kane's posted to his Facebook wall.
    The post read, "So… my buddy Dru Kane pulled a man that was trapped in an overturned cement truck to safety, right before the truck was slaughtered by a train … What did you do today?"

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