Couple save man after wheelchair gets stuck on train tracks in Holbrook

HOLBROOK — There are times when people can really make a difference in someone else’s life. Randolph’s Matt and Megan Pohl are living examples. Last week before the Patriots game, they noticed a stranger who needed rescue because his wheelchair got stuck on the train tracks in Holbrook.

“You just have to help people, save people,” Matt told WBZ-TV.

“It was tough. Her wheel was wedged perfectly between the concrete and the track,” Megan said. “I don’t think he realized what was going to happen.”

But the Pohls did, and without hesitation they responded. The approaching train was seconds away from reaching the man.

“When we took it down, those [crossing gates] got off and the train went by,” Megan says.

“I didn’t know if we were going to get hit trying to get him out,” Matt said.

They were lucky enough to meet the man they helped on Monday. He is Jamarc Tidwell, 27, but goes by JT. He has special needs and is semi-independent, but that day he needed an extra helping hand.

“They saved me from the train,” JT told WBZ.

JT needs a new electric wheelchair, the one he has isn’t working properly, that’s why he got stuck.

He is also a huge Patriots fan. He was on his way to grab a cup of coffee at Mary Lou’s before kick-off when he got stuck. “Best coffee in town,” said JT, which Megan agreed with.

When the police arrived, JT was already safely off the tracks, but still wanted his coffee for the game. Holbrook Police Officer Justo Pagan was happy to oblige and bought him one.

As for good Samaritans: “I hope my kids get help if they need it,” Megan said.


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