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Texas officer saves driver before train hits car

MAGNOLIA, Texas (AP) - A Houston-area police officer is being praised for the videotaped rescue of an alleged drunken driver just moments before her car is hit by a train.

Magnolia Cpl. Jose Lopez had the dashboard camera on in his patrol car when he approached a vehicle that appeared struck on some railroad tracks.

Lopez is heard asking the 26-year-old woman, who says "I can walk," how much she had to drink as he assisted her early Saturday. She replied: "Not much."

Lopez is seen escorting the woman away from her car, which is hit by the train less than a minute later and dragged about 150 yards.

The woman faces a DWI charge.

Police Chief Domingo Ibarra says Lopez is a hero.

Magnolia is 30 miles northeast of Houston.

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