Derek Pettaway was a passenger in one of the train’s rear cars, headed for Orlando, Florida, he told CNN on Sunday morning. He was awoken by the impact, and the crew came through the cars “really quickly” and got everybody off the train.
“Nobody was panicking,” Pettaway said. “I think people were more in shock than anything else.”
Pettaway was discharged from a hospital with minor whiplash, he said, and went to a shelter for passengers who didn’t sustain serious injuries at Pine Ridge Middle School.
This is the latest incident involving an Amtrak train in the past few weeks.
In December, an Amtrak train derailed near DuPont in Washington state and hurtled off an overpass onto Interstate 5, killing three people and injuring dozens. The Amtrak engineer on that train told investigators he mistook a signal and braked moments before the deadly crash, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Last week, an Amtrak train carrying members of Congress to a Republican retreat in West Virginia struck a truck near Charlottesville, Virginia. Investigators looking into the crash are focusing on the actions of the driver of a truck, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.