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

  • Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
1:38 p.m Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 Austin360 Home

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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