Sheriff: Deputy Saves Suicidal Man From Oncoming Train

A man narrowly escaped death as a Kern County sheriff's deputy pulled him off the train tracks while a train was approaching.

On Monday around 1 a.m., deputies responded to the area of Roberts Lane and Olive Drive for a call about a man walking on the train tracks.

With the assistance of a sheriff’s office helicopter, deputies located Gregory McKay, 46, walking on tracks with his back towards an oncoming train.

McKay was pulled off of the tracks by Deputy Paul Duncan just moments before the train was going to strike him, deputies said.

The incident was captured on video by the helicopter.

McKay was found to be drunk in public and arrested.

Deputies determined that McKay was walking on the tracks with the intent to commit suicide.

McKay was booked into the Kern County Jail and placed on suicide watch.

McKay was cited and released from the jail regarding the public intoxication charge.

McKay is currently being evaluated by Kern County Mental Health personnel.

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