Amtrak passengers recall terrifying moments after the train derailed in Missouri

Some of the passengers on the derailed Amtrak train are talking about the terror they felt when a train went off the tracks in Missouri after striking a truck on Monday afternoon.”It was very overwhelming,” said Jason Drinkard, a passenger who was traveling to Chicago when the train derailed.”You would never think your train would derail,” said Antwoine Matton, another passenger.Many passengers said they are lucky to be alive. At least three people died, including two on the train and one person in the truck, authorities said.”It was something that you never think is going to happen, but when it does happen, it’s far worse than anything you could have imagined,” Drinkard said.Drinkard, a high school teacher, was traveling with his wife and six students for a Future Business Leaders of America conference in Chicago when he felt the crash.”Just the carnage, watch all these people who can’t walk, or … and it wasn’t just the passengers, even the employees,” Drinkard said.Matton said he was on his way to a wedding and had only been on the train for an hour and 30 minutes when it went off the tracks.”I see people grieving right now so I’m like, this is crazy. Me and my friend walked out just fine,” Matton said. “The fact to see so many people come here, too, to help out to give food and water, that’s just amazing to me.”Some of the passengers on the train were from as far away as New Mexico and California. Some had been on the train for a day or two. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Train 4 originated in Los Angeles and was en route to Chicago when the crash happened.Watch the video above for the full story.

Some of the passengers on the derailed Amtrak train are talking about the terror they felt when a train went off the tracks in Missouri after striking a truck on Monday afternoon.

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“It was very overwhelming,” said Jason Drinkard, a passenger who was traveling to Chicago when the train derailed.

“You would never think your train would derail,” said Antwoine Matton, another passenger.

Many passengers said they are lucky to be alive. At least three people died, including two on the train and one person in the truck, authorities said.

“It was something that you never think is going to happen, but when it does happen, it’s far worse than anything you could have imagined,” Drinkard said.

Drinkard, a high school teacher, was traveling with his wife and six students for a Future Business Leaders of America conference in Chicago when he felt the crash.

“Just the carnage, watch all these people who can’t walk, or … and it wasn’t just the passengers, even the employees,” Drinkard said.

Matton said he was on his way to a wedding and had only been on the train for an hour and 30 minutes when it went off the tracks.

“I see people grieving right now so I’m like, this is crazy. Me and my friend walked out just fine,” Matton said. “The fact to see so many people come here, too, to help out to give food and water, that’s just amazing to me.”

Some of the passengers on the train were from as far away as New Mexico and California. Some had been on the train for a day or two. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Train 4 originated in Los Angeles and was en route to Chicago when the crash happened.

Watch the video above for the full story.

Contributed by local news sources

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