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STEPHANOPOULOS >> GOOD MORNING WE ARE COMING ON THE AIR THERE’S BEEN A MAJOR TRAIN DERAILMENT SOUTH OF SEETHE L, ABOUT 40 MILES SOUTH AMTRAK TRAIN 501 DERAILED IN WASHINGTON STATE IT’S INTERSTATE 5, THE MAIN ARTERY CONNECTING CALIFORNIA TO WASHINGTON STATE TRAFFIC STOPPED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS I WANT TO GO STRAIGHT TO MATT GUTMAN ON THE PHONE MATT, WHAT DO WE KNOW? >> WE KNOW IT SEEMS TO BE A SIGNIFICANT INCIDENT LOCAL AFFILIATE SHOWING NUMEROUS AMBULANCES AND PERSONNEL RUSHING TO THE SCENE I 5 CONTINUES TO BE SHUT DOWN THESE IMAGES WE SEE OF THIS TRAIN CAR, ONE DANGLING OVER THIS BRIDGE THE SHERIFF SAID THEY’RE RUSHING TO THE SCENE THERE ARE MANY PERSONNEL THERE TRYING TO ATTEND TO THE WOUNDED THERE ARE CASUALTIES IN ADDITION TO THAT PICTURE WE SEE OF THAT ONE CAR DANGLING OVER THE OVERPASS THERE ARE OTHER CARS THAT APPEAR TO BE DERAILED UNCLEAR WHERE THE INJURIES ARE OR THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE CASUALTIES AT THIS EVENT >> THERE WERE 75 PEOPLE ON THE TRAIN I WANT TO GO TO DAVID KERLEY >> THIS IS I 5 AND THE AMTRAK RUN THAT’S NORTH SOUTH BETWEEN VANCOUVER, SEATTLE AND PORTLAND A LOT OF TRAFFIC IN THIS AREA IT’S UNCLEAR — THIS IS SUPPOSEDLY A NEW LOCK MOTIVE I’M NOT SURE IF IT’S THE INAUGURAL TRIP IT’S NOT CLEAR WHETHER THIS DERAILED BY ITSELF OR IT HIT SOMETHING WE’VE SEEN CRASHES IN THE PAST A TRAIN RAN INTO A TRUCK OR A VEHICLE CROSSING THERE TOO EARLY TO KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH THIS AMTRAK TRAIN TO SEE A CAR LIKE THAT HANGING OVER THE BRIDGE ON TO ONE OF THE BUSIEST PIECES OF REAL ESTATE IS DRAMATIC >> DAVID, AS YOU SAY IT’S A MAJOR, MAJOR ARTERY >> YES MOST OF THE TRAFFIC IN THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY IN THE NORTHWEST IS THIS NORTH SOUND CORRIDOR OF I 5 THE TRAINS ARE GOING TO GO DOWN TO CALIFORNIA OR INTO VANCOUVER THIS IS THE LIFE LINE ALONG THE WEST COAST >> THIS WAS A TRAIN THAT LEFT SEATTLE AROUND 6:00 A.M APPARENTLY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 8:01 MATT GUTMAN EMERGENCY RESPONDERS REPORTING TO THE SCENE? >> ABSOLUTELY WE SEE THEM STREAMING IN THERE AMBULANCE AFTER AMBULANCE THEY’RE HAVING TO NAVIGATE THROUGH THE MASSIVE TRAFFIC JAM IT’S ALREADY MILES LONG WE HAVE UNDERSTAND THEY’RE AT THE SCENE I ASSUME THEY’RE DOING TRIAGE AS YOU AND DAVID MENTIONED, NOT ONLY IS THE I5 CORRIDOR FROM THE BORDER OF MEXICO AND SAN DIEGO TO THE BORDER OF CANADA, BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE BUSIEST TIMES IT WAS THE ENTER SINTERSECTION MAJOR RAILROAD ROUTE IN THE NORTHWEST TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE CONFLUENCE OF ALL THESE PEOPLE AT ONE TIME I IMAGINE IT’S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FOR MEDICAL PERSONNEL TO GET THERE WE’RE SEEING NEW IMAGES COMING ACROSS NOW THERE APPEARS TO BE MEDICAL PERSONNEL TENDING TO WHAT SEEM TO BE WOUNDED OR AT LEAST WORKING ON WRECKAGE ON I5, WORKING ON DEBRIS FROM WHERE THAT TRAIN SEEMS TO BE DANGLING OFF THE OVERPASS WE SEE PEOPLE ABOVE THE TRAIN TRACK, ABOVE THE INTERSTATE AND ON THE INTERSTATE ITSELF THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT EVENT THERE’S DOZENS OF AMBULANCES MOVING TO THE SCENE >> DAVID KERLEY SEVERAL INCIDENTS WITH TRAINS OVER THE PAST YEARS SOMETIMES OPERATOR ERROR, SOMETIMES PROBLEMS WITH THE TRAIN >> ABSOLUTELY GEORGE IT’S A LITTLE EARLY TO BE TALKING ABOUT THIS IN THE PHILADELPHIA DERAILMENT BECAUSE THE ENGINEER WAS DRIVING TOO FAST, THAT DERAILMENT WERE LESSONS LEARNED FOR AMTRAK AND REGULATORS THAT THE RAIL CARS WE’RE TRAVELING IN DON’T ALWAYS STAND UP TO THESE HIGH IMPACT ACCIDENTS I DON’T KNOW WHAT KIND OF CARS THIS TRAIN WAS CARRYING AND

ROLLING DOWN THE RAILS THAT’S GOING TO BE SOMETHING DID WE LEARN OUR LESSON FROM PHILADELPHIA SEVERAL YEARS AGO HAVE THESE CARS BEEN IMPROVED? >> DAVID, EXPLAIN WHAT KIND OF IMPACT THIS WILL HAVE ON TRAIN TRAVEL ACROSS THE NORTHWEST AT THIS TIME OF YEAR? >> IT’S GOING TO BE VERY, VERY PROBLEMATIC IT WILL DEPEND ON HOW MUCH DAMAGE WAS DONE TO THE RAILS BECAUSE YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED AT HOW QUICKLY THESE RAIL WORKERS AND RAIL COMPANIES DEAL WITH AN ACCIDENT LIKE THIS WE’RE STILL DEALING WITH THOSE POTENTIALLY INJURED IN THOSE CARS THEY’LL BE ABLE TO CLEAR THE TRAIN PRETTY QUICKLY IF THERE’S NOT SERIOUS DAMAGE TO THE RAILS IT COULD BE OPENED FAIRLY QUICKLY IF THERE’S SERIOUS DAMAGE, THAT’S PROBLEMATIC WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELING ON THESE MAIN ARTERIES OF RAIL LINES THERE ARE OFTEN TWO OR THREE SETS CAN THEY MOVE SOME OF THE TRAFFIC OVER? IT’S GOING TO BE A CONCERN WE’RE GETTING TO THE PEAK SEASON HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TRAVEL HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ON AMTRAK ALONG THAT ROUTE >> WE SEE THAT CAR HANGING OFF THE OVERPASS, MATT, ON TO THE HIGHWAY ANY IDEA THE NUMBERS ON THE OVER ALL TRAIN, WHETHER CARS SLAMMED INTO ANY PART OF THE TRAIN? >> IT’S HARD TO TELL AT THIS POINT, GEORGE THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME DEBRIS ON THE ROADWAY I CAN’T TELL AT THIS POINT WHETHER IT IS VEHICLES OR BUSES IT ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE ONE OF THE RAIL CARS ACTUALLY CAREENED OFF THE TRACKS AND LANDED IN THE I5 ROADWAY IT APPEARS SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED, PERHAPS EVEN FLIPPED OVER YOU SEE MEDICAL PERSONNEL AND FIRST RESPONDERS WORKING ON THAT THIS SEEMS TO BE A VERY SIGNIFICANT CRASH WHATEVER HAPPENED TO DERAIL THIS TRAIN, THAT’S GOING TO COME SECOND FIRST FIGURING OUT HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HURT AND WHISKING THEM OFF TO SAFETY AND EVACUATE THEM TO HOSPITAL IF THAT’S POSSIBLE CLEARLY MEDICAL PERSONNEL ARE THERE THE SHERIFF IS ON IT THEY SET UP A MEDIA STAGING POINT THEY CREATED A PERIMETER AND TAKE CONTROL OF THE SITUATION UNCLEAR HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AFFECTED IT SEEMS LIKE THIS IS A MASS CAS CAS CASUALTY EVENT >> DAVID THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY BOARD WILL TAKE CONTROL OF THIS INVESTIGATION >> THEY WILL BE LAUNCHING A TEAM TO INVESTIGATE THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM AMTRAK IS THAT THEY’RE AWARE OF THE INCIDENT OF THE TRAIN WHICH WAS RUNNING FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND IT SAYS THEY HAVE REPORT OF SOME INJURIES AND SERVICE IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED IT SEEMS MORE SERIOUS THAN THE STATEMENT REFLECTS THE ANSWER THAT IS WILL COME OUT OF THE INVESTIGATION ALL AIMED AT SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING AGAIN >> THE INCIDENTS WE’VE DEALT WITH HAVE BEEN ON THE EAST COAST THIS IS THE FIRST MAJOR ON THE WEST COAST >> THERE HAVE BEEN SOME ON THE WEST COAST AND MORE LIKE METRO TYPE REGIONAL CARRIERS HAVE HAD SOME ISSUES AS WELL RAIL TRAFFIC STILL CONSIDERABLY STAVE IT’S STILL SAFER TO GET ON A TRAIN THAN DRIVE AROUND IN YOUR CAR >> MATT GUTMAN, I HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING TO INDICATE THIS POINT, GEORGE ALL WE CAN SAY IS WHAT WE SEE AND REPEAT WHAT OFFICIALS ARE TELLING US THEY E’RE ON THE SCENE DOZENS OF AMBULANCES THERE IT APPEARS TO BE A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT CRASH THE PICTURES WE’RE SEEING IS THAT ONE RAIL CAR DANGLING OFF THE OVERPASS ANOTHER SEEMS TO HAVE CRASHES UNDERNEATH IT, FLIPPED OVER THERE ARE FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE SCENE AND LADDERS ON THE TOP LEADING TO THE FLIPPED OVER RAIL CAR ONE THAT DISTINGUISHES THE EAST COAST FROM WEST COAST THERE’S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF CARGO, OIL, CHEMICALS MOVED AROUND AND TRANSPORTED THE EAST COAST ESPECIALLY THAT

CORRIDOR IS WHERE PEOPLE TRAVEL THIS LINE NOT SOMETHING AS FREQUENTLY TRAVELLED WE ASSUME THERE WERE MANY PEOPLE ON THIS TRAIN WHEN IT TRAVELLED IT SEEMS A SIGNIFICANT INCIDENT WE’RE STARTING TO GET SOME NEW IMAGES SEE CARS LINED UP FLASHERS THERE THEY’RE INTERMINGLED WITH FIRST RESPONDERS RUSHING TO THE SCENE CARS HAVE TRIED TO MOVE TO THE SIDE TO CREATE A PATHWAY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS TO GET THROUGH THIS IS I5 DURING RUSH HOUR IT’S A MAJOR CORRIDOR LEADING FROM THE BORDER WITH MEXICO TO THE BORDER WITH CANADA >> WE’RE RIGHT NEAR TACO MA, WASHINGTON AND SEATTLE >> DAVID KERLEY, WE CAN SEE AMTRAK CASS KADS WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU? >> THAT’S THE SERVICE IT RUNS FROM VANCOUVER DOWN THROUGH SEATTLE AND PORTLAND AND GOES THROUGH OTHER CITY NESS OREGON THE CASCADE MOUNTAINS RUN NORTH SOUTH THEY RUN THE WEST SIDE OF THE CASCADE MOUNTAINS GEORGE, IT’S WAY TOO EARLY TO TALK ABOUT WHAT ACTUALLY CAUSED THIS AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, COULD IT HAVE BEEN SOMETHING AT A CROSSING WE’RE NOT SEEING OR WAS IT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED WITH THE TRAIN GOING TOO FAST OR WAS IT SOMETHING WITH THE RAILS SO FAR FEDERAL OFFICIALS TELLING US THEY HAVE NO INDICATION THIS COULD BE TERRORISM RELATED I HAVE TO TELL YOU JUST A COUPLE WEEKS AGO WE DID A STORY ABOUT THE FACT THAT IN THE LATEST “INSPIRE” MAGAZINE FROM AL QUAEDA THE COVER STORY WAS SUGGESTING TERRORIST DERAIL TRAINS FEDERAL AUTHORITIES SAID THEY HAVE NO INDICATION OF THIS IT IS SOMETHING THAT LOCAL, FEDERAL AUTHORITIES, AMTRAK AND THE FREIGHT RAIL PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WE HAVE A COUPLE HUNDRED THOUSANDS MILES OF RAIL LINE MUCH IS UNSECURED AND SECURED, UNSECURED IT’S A PROBLEM THAT THEY’RE LOOKING AT >> DAVID, THANKS I WANT TO BRING IN GREG MAKAI FROM WASHINGTON STATE ON THE PHONE >> I WAS ON MY WAY TO WORK 50 PRIOR TO GOING UNDER THE UNDARE PASS WE CAME TO A STOP TRYING TO AVOID COLLIDING INTO ONE ANOTHER WE SAW THE TRAIN CAME OFF THE TRACK ON TO THE FREEWAY HANGING THERE LOTS OF FOLKS INCLUDING A LOT OF GOOD MILITARY PERSONNEL RAN TO TRY TO GIVE HELP BEFORE EMERGENCY REP ARRIVE >> YOU DIDN’T SEE THE TRAIN COME DOWN? BY THE TIME YOU SAW WHAT HAPPENED THE TRAIN WAS DOWN? >> RIGHT WE WERE FOCUSSED ON NOT RUNNING INTO ONE ANOTHER WHEN WE LOOKED UP, SMOKE EVERYWHERE EVERYONE WAS CURIOUS HAPPENED >> COULD YOU SEE IF THERE WERE PASSENGERS ON THAT CAR THAT WAS HANGING OFF THE BRIDGE? >> FROM WHERE I WAS, NO THERE’S NO WAY TO SEE IF ANYTHING WAS IN IT HONESTLY IT’S THE FIRST TIME I’VE EVER SEEN A PASSENGER TRAIN ON THAT TRACK IT RUNS PARALLEL TO I5 GOING SOUTH THERE IT WAS A SURPRISE TO SEE IT THERE WAS NOBODY COMING OUT OF THE TRAIN AFTER THE INCIDENT >> YOU DIDN’T HEAR ANYTHING BEFORE THE TRAIN CAME DOWN EITHER? >> NO, I DIDN’T HEAR ANYTHING >> HOW ABRUPTLY DID THIS ALL HAPPEN? HOW ABRUPTLY DID YOU HAVE TO STOP? >> IT WAS SLAMMING ON THE BREAKS AND SWERVING TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD TO AVOID ONE ANOTHER IT’S WET AND WINDY HERE TODAY IN WASHINGTON >> AS FAR AS YOU CAN TELL, WERE THERE ANY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN ADDITION TO WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE TRAIN? >> NO, NOT FROM JUST NORMAL TRAFFIC OR ANYBODY TRYING TO STOP I THINK EVERYTHING — THEY ACTED PRETTY WELL TO AVOID ONE ANOTHER THE TRAIN DID APPEAR TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH VEHICLES ON THE FREEWAY >> YOU SAID YOU SAW MILITARY RESPONDERS AND OTHERS RUSH QUICKLY TO THE SCENE WHAT EXACTLY WERE THEY DOING? >> THEY WERE FOLKS THAT — THEY LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE JUST DONE WITH THEIR PHYSICAL MORNING THEY WERE IN THAT AYE TIRE THEY WERE GRABBING ANYTHING THEY COULD, TOWELS, FIRST AID KITS I DID MY BEST TO STAY OUT OF THE WAY I’M NOT SKILLED IN THAT MANNER >> DID YOU SEE ANY INJURED ON

THE GROUND? >> I DIDN’T SEE ANY INJURED FROM MY VANTAGE POINT WHEN I FIRST GOT THERE AS I WAS STUCK IN TRAFFIC DUE TO THE EMERGENCY VEHICLES — THEY WERE BRINGING FOLKS OUT ON STRETCHERS AND BACK BOARDS >> SO YOU DEFINITELY SEE PEOPLE WHO WERE INJURED AND MAYBE SERIOUSLY BEING TAKEN FROM THE SCENE? >> SABSOLUTELY >> WHERE ARE YOU NOW? >> THEY TURNED US AROUND AND HEADING HOME I’M ON MY HANDS FREE DEVICE >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH IT’S IMPORTANT INFORMATION I WANT TO GO BACK TO DAVID DAVID, ONE OF THE THINGS WE’RE LEARNING IS THE TRAIN WAS RUNNING DOWN A NEW BYPASS DO WE HAVE ANY IDEA HOW FAST THE TRAIN WAS GOING? >> WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO CONFIRM FROM AM TRAM’S REAL TIME TRACKING IT WAS TRAVELING AT 81 MILES AN HOUR DEPENDING ON THE PIECE OF TRACK THAT’S NOT NECESSARILY SPEEDING OR GOING OVER THE LIMIT SO THAT — >> WHAT SPEED DO THEY GENERALLY TRAVEL AT? >> BECAUSE THESE TRACKS — YOU KNOW WE BUILT THESE TRACKS A LONG TIME AGO BECAUSE THEY HAVE CURVES AT TIMES YOU’VE SEEN IT, THERE ARE TIMES THEY HAVE TO SLOW DOWN BECAUSE OF CURVES IF THEY HAVE A STRAIGHT LINE THEY CAN GO 80 OR 90 MILES AN HOUR THAT DOESN’T SUGGEST IT WAS GOING TOO FAST GEORGE, YOU MENTIONED THE CASS KADS YOU CAN SEE THAT OUTSIDE OF THE AMTRAK RAIL CAR THE COLORING AND PAINT SCHEME IS HARKENING BACK — I’M USING SOME OF MY OLD TIME MODEL TRAINS THOSE WERE THE COLORS USED FOR TRAINS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST 100 YEARS AGO THIS IS A THROW BACK OF THIS SERVICE THAT RUNS ALONG THE CASS KADS ON THE WEST SIDE BETWEEN PORTLAND AND UP TO VANCOUVER >> THIS TRAIN LEFT SEATTLE AND WAS SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE IN POR PORTLAND AROUND 9:00 A.M I WANT TO BRING IN PIERRE THOMAS WE KNOW THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS INVESTIGATING HAVE THE FBI PICKED UP ANY INFORMATION? >> GEORGE, IT’S NOT UNUSUAL WHEN THERE’S NO CLEAR CAUSE FOR THE FBI TO ASSIST THE NTSB TO TRY TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED, THE LEVEL OF THIS EVENT, THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES WILL BE CURIOUS TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND THEY WILL OFFER SUPPORT, GEORGE >> NO INDICATION YET THIS WAS ANYTHING OTHER THAN AN ACCIDENT NO INDICATION THERE WAS TERRORISM RELATED OR DELIBERATELY INSPIRED? >> THAT’S CORRECT, GEORGE WE’LL CONTINUE TO CHECK WITH OUR SOURCES THROUGHOUT THE MORNING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE IF NEEDED >> AGAIN, A MAJOR TRAIN DERAILMENT TRAIN RUNNING FROM SEATTLE TO PORTLAND AMTRAK 501 YOU SEE THAT CAR DANGLING OFF THE OVERPASS INTO THE HIGHWAY, I5 HIGHWAY TRAFFIC BACKED UP IN BOTH DIRECTIONS WE KNOW THERE ARE CASUALTIES EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ON THE SCENE AS WELL WE’LL TRACK THIS ALL DAY LONG ON ABC NEWS A FULL REPORT TONIGHT ON WORD NEWS WITH DAVID MUIR YOU CAN GET NEWS AT ANY TIME BY

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