Transcript for Passenger on derailed train said he curled into a ball praying for the train to come to a stop
And just a short time ago here, I spoke with a passenger, Scott Claggett, who describes the horror inside. And when he climbed out the window, not realizing his train car was in the woods, suspended in the air. Scott, thank you so much for joining us. I know it's just been a horrific day for you. You were on the train to Portland for a business meeting. And you said the train began to lean, that was your first seen something was wrong? Yes. I was in the back as the train was moving and we started to lean to my left, I thought, you know, nothing of it until it kept leaning and then I realized, once the windows started shattering and people started flying, that this was a crash. People were flying in the air, there are no seat belts. As that was happening, I just crawled into a ball and was just waiting and hoping and praying that the train would stop. Once the train did stop, it was completely pitch black. I was able to clench onto my cell phone, that was about all I could hold onto. I had a flashlight that I remembered that I could bring up on my phone to try to see if I could help others that were, you know, nearby. Some were unresponsive and some were responsive. How did you get out of the train? I don't know how the window, if it was already open or someone opened it or broke it open, I just know that it was open and I decided to jump out of it, not knowing that my car has now entered the woods and I'm a story and a half up. I realized how high I was and I landed on the ground, still hearing screams. There's nothing more that I can do, which is pretty painful to want to help somebody, but you can't, because, you know, I'm so far below. You mentioned the cell phone, the light on the phone that you used to get out through that window and you made a call when you got off that train? Yes, I made a phone call to my parents and then to a really good friend of mine, none of which picked up the phone, but those are the two phone calls that I made. I'm sure they're glad, whether they picked up the phone or not, that you're okay tonight. And we are, too. I'm sorry about what you witnessed today and we're glad you're okay. Thank you. Scott Claggett and his story from inside that train tonight.
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