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Posted: December 18, 2017

Here’s what the Amtrak engineer said in his call for help after the Washington derailment

Audio From Train Derailment In Washington State

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Here’s what the Amtrak engineer said in his call for help after the Washington derailment
This photo provided by Danae Orlob shows an Amtrak train that derailed south of Seattle on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Authorities reported 'injuries and casualties.' The train derailed about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Seattle before 8 a.m., spilling at least one train car on to busy Interstate 5. (Danae Orlob via AP)

By Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

CNN has obtained a short audio exchange between the engineer of the Amtrak train that crashed Monday morning near Dupont, Wash., and the Amtrak dispatcher.

Here’s part of the emergency radio transmissions between the two: 

Crew of the train: 'Amtrak 501 emergency, emergency, emergency... we are on the ground (inaudible) We are on the bridge (inaudible) ...on the freeway.'

'We need EMS ASAP. Looks like they are already starting to show up.

Dispatcher: 'Hey guys what happened?'

Crew of the train: 'We were coming round the corner to take the bridge on the I5 and right there on the Nissqually we were on the ground.'

Dispatcher: 'Are you... is everybody okay?'

Crew of the train: 'I am still figuring that out... we've got cars everywhere and down onto the highway.'

Here is the audio obtained by CNN.


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