In the aftermath of the deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state, one eerie video is making its rounds on social media. The video shows the train — and some of its passengers — just moments before the deadly crash.
Early Monday morning, locomotive No. 501 derailed shortly after leaving the Tacoma station, causing the majority of the train to fall head-on into traffic.
“Emergency crews are on the scene and the Amtrak Management is responding,” a spokesperson for Amtrak said in a statement soon after the incident, according to CBS News.
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KING-TV reporter Alex Rozier happened to capture footage aboard the train minutes before it left the station. In the video, he described Amtrak’s newly implemented early-morning service from Seattle to Portland.
Numerous passengers can be seen in the background waiting for the train to leave the station and begin its journey.
“I shot this video on board the #Amtrak501 in the 6 o clock hour this morning,” Rozier wrote in a tweet later Monday. “We got off after shooting the video. This specific car on the train derailed minutes after we shot this video.”
In a separate tweet, Rozier added further details to what many are saying was a miraculous escape.
“We boarded the train at 6 AM. In the 7 o clock hour that same train derailed. We got off 10 minutes before the crash,” he wrote.
Rozier later revealed that one of the passengers he had interviewed for his original story was injured in the crash.
“At 7am I interviewed Rudy live on @KING5Seattle while he was on board #Amtrak 501,” Rozier wrote. “At 7pm we interviewed him in the hospital after the train derailed. He has a broken back, but he will be ok.”
Rozier added that many people — including some rail enthusiasts — had been on the train for its first voyage, with passengers given commemorative lanyards for the trip, according to U.K. Daily Mail.
So far, three people have been declared dead as a result of the crash, with nearly 100 others injured.
According to federal officials investigating the case, the train had been traveling at more than twice the speed limit when it derailed.
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