TERRIFYING video from the Amtrak derailment shows the moment blood-covered passengers escape the crash through windows.
Rob Nightingale, who was on board the train at the time of the derailment, got emotional when describing the harrowing experience to 美国广播公司新闻.
Nightingale explained to the outlet that he was dozing off to take a nap when he felt a “jolt” as the train began “rocking and flickering”.
“There was a jolt, then I woke up, and then the train started rocking and flickering. And it seemed like a normal jolt. But then I could definitely feel it come off the tracks.
“然后, it just kept going,” he told the outlet, as his voice began to crack.
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“Then it started to tip on my side, and I saw the ground coming towards me. So I shimmed myself against the wall because I was afraid the glass would shatter and I would get stuck underneath.
“Then it stopped, and it was just silence. Everyone was in shock. I climbed through my door, to the hallway up until the room next to me, which is above me, and then I saw people climbing through those windows.”
Nightingale said he saw a little girl crying and her family trying to comfort her, adding that he saw several people covered in blood.
He went live on Facebook shortly after the accident.
In a phone interview with 有线电视新闻网, Nightingale said that those in the dining car and observation deck had the hardest time getting to safety.
“It hit something major to cause … every car to go off,” 他说.
Reports indicate that multiple passengers are injured and some are dead; 然而, police have not confirmed this.
A second passenger told The Daily Beast that he was “plenty of people taken away by paramedics.”
“They’ve got every rescue helicopter and crew here from every direction,” a shaken Ron Goulet told the Beast.
“We are in Chariton County, 密苏里州. The train toppled over on its side. Every seat was sold out full, and they were packing people into the observation car because they were so full.
“There are plenty of people on backboards being taken [away] by paramedics.”
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