Right as the conductor was taking my ticket, the train went right off the tracks. It started tipping to one side, constantly bumping up and down and back and forth like crazy. I saw sparks right outside my window. Thirty seconds later, the train going the other way came and jammed right onto us. It scraped the side of our car and gave us another bad jolt. …Life goes on, and it’s not like we’re going to get rid of trains. But you have to figure out what caused this. The accident was right in the middle of what looks like a construction zone — did that play a part? You have to ask the questions.Scott Bartelson • Describing his passenger’s view of yesterday’s frightening train crash and derailment in Connecticut, which hospitalized over 60, some critically — but mercifully, no deaths reported. source
I did not hear the train at all. I did not hear the horn as it was approaching the intersection. I only heard it right about three seconds before it slammed into the back of the tractor-trailer.Midland, Tx. resident Joe Cobarobio • Discussing the train accident during the parade he was filming on Thursday — a Show of Support parade for veterans of war. Four people died in the accident on Thursday. A dozen of the victims in the accident — whether killed or injured — were veterans of the Iraq or Afghan Wars.