Train derailment survivor describes being catapulted into seat in front of him

"We were going down the tracks between 70 and 80 miles an hour, I would say, and we heard a creaking, a little bit of a creaking sound," said Chris Karnes, who was on the train that derailed in Washington state.
4:44 | 12/18/17

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I did it I don't know I think we were either on the third airport car I don't actually remember her arm but we what we heard was. What we were going. Down the tracks between seventy and eighty mile now are at stake and so we heard a creaking of a little river creaking sound. And it that your inserted a bubble for a for a moment. And then we were. Catapulted at our at this keep in front of us. And the next thing that we knew. We our car head. And crumpled it up a portion. A soft and we were arm down and bear down an embankment. See your car went out and I at your car you were in went down the embankment. Yes went down an embankment and down. Down an embankment and just came to rest on on a hell. Louis there was water in it I thought tunnel DOS that that look in the year. How many people were on the car we view in the word of images do you could. They're more they're my car was it was pretty light but we're only about ten people at stake. And you say you're creaking but no kind of crash. Yeah well there was there while there was specially a crash. But you knew something we'll hash yeah yet last oh no no absolutely we knew it at that did something happen. And could I see what happened to the car that actually went off the overpass. SI can see it I can see right now from the medical tents there is right now it is overhanging. And if it's connected to speak artillery on behind it but not connected to the car in front of. They say they're metal compressor give any idea how many people overall may have been injured. No there are right now I mean I'm at the medical tents and there have been people who have been taken out on stretchers and neck braces. With. Now we're cup since. And I did see one person who has not moving when I when we got out of the trains through the emergency window. I know your chair of the pierce county transit advisory board what do you know about this new train service. Yes so how this is the while I wanted to be on this strain because if the inaugural run. Bomb then the new service. For the Amtrak cascades line which is supposed. Or which. Wish list it would changing and changing the route so that can make service pastor which we Seattle Portland. Had anything else than usual happened. On the router to this come up Harry run a local sudden. I mean I don't I don't know. I don't know if this had anything to do with it but we were we're running about a half hour behind. Schedule initially. And we've seen. I've never taken this this portion of the route because they're not had their service. But I'm we seem to be going at a pretty fair clip Evans after that he Betty I see. Chinese sold on this on this actually track. Or. You are going pretty a pretty quickly was this it where it was it a pretty straight. Strait area in the track. The there's a well. DB approaches is pretty straight but it can't bike that are there is they there is a slight curve on and it at a portion where there is the overpass. There's a there's a bridge that. Looked a bit older than the rest of the track. You say you see you see the medical tents from where you why it looks like there's an enormous. Police and emergency response there at the scene. Yes yes the entire the entire southbound section and interstate five is a wash in. Red again and blue lights. From from police cars and fire engines from. From all over the area there's there are. There fire engines from I'm from Dorset all the way from Thurston County. Pierce county. See Syria let us military police here from. From. Joint joint base Lewis McCord. Okay we'll Chris thank you very much for your time this morning appreciate. That information credible this is the first run of this Amtrak viable one and it is ended. In what looks like a tragedy tragedy thank you very much for your time this morning. You.

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