Amtrak train derailment: A short history
Since 2014, there are 26 Amtrak train derailments. Here is a look back at the timeline and the details behind the incidents.
Howling in pain, bleeding from injuries to his head and dazed by the enormity of the crash, the victims in the Amtrak train derailment south of Seattle, begged 911 dispatcher for help and said: “tons of people had been hurt.
Dozens of emergency recordings released Wednesday by the South Sound 911 Dispatch that a lively account of what happened during the deadly Dec. 18 crash.
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“My stomach hurts really bad. I don’t feel good,” said a tearful woman identified as Angela who was bleeding from her head, and wailed in panic, every time she could not find an answer to a dispatcher questions. “I don’t know how old I am off the top of my head. I’m sorry!”
Angela was in the Car 5 with her 14-year-old son as a passenger train go through a turn at 78 mph (126 km / hour) in a 30 km / h zone, rails along both sides of the tracks and the overthrow of a number of cars on Interstate 5 below.
Angela begged for help and ordered her bleeding son to lie still, because he had neck and back pain. He took a hit on his face. She got slammed into a table. They could not find her shoes.
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“Everyone gets out, but I’m afraid to move my son,” Angela said, adding that “tons of people are evil!”
Authorities say it could take more than a year to understand how the first run of the train with 85 passengers and crew members ended up in a disaster along with a new 15-mile (24 km) bypass route.
Friends Jim Hamre, 61, and Zack Willhoite, 35, died of brain and skull injuries. Benjamin Gran, 40, died of multiple traumatic injuries.
Authorities say it could take more than a year to understand how the train with 85 passengers and crew may end up in a disaster as it made its inaugural walk along a new, quick 15-mile pass route.
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Another 911 caller said that there was a body anywhere. A dispatcher said that at least 12 bodies on the track.
A man called looking for information about his wife after learning she hit her head while on the train. He said that he was driving to the scene, but the dispatcher urged him to avoid the area, so he doesn’t get stuck on the road.
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The man replied, “I’m not going to be able to not (go). He added: “I apologize for being a bit of a mess and in a panic.”
On the ground, a woman identified as Aura MacArthur said that she was driving south on Interstate 5 and thought that her car was hit by a mudslide.
“A huge cloud of mud and debris came and hit my car and left me in the neighborhood,” she said, cold and crying in her glass-strewn SUV.
“I’m the only car next to a semi that is created by the train derailment. I was at the front as it went,” she said, sometimes gasping for air and crying.
“My chest is sore but my passenger airbag deployed … I can’t go anywhere,” she said.
She said that it was dark and no cars could go, because the road was blocked by the wreckage.
“I hope that everyone is OK,” she said.