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Soldiers rush into action to help victims of train derailment

On December 18, an Amtrak train took a corner at high speed and derailed on an overpass near DuPont, Washington. Three people were killed in the accident, and dozens more were seriously injured.

A story from Army.mil details the actions of Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers who witnessed the scene and acted immediately to assist those in danger. Providing emergency care and pulling injured survivors from the wreckage, they may have prevented the accident from becoming an even greater tragedy.

DUPONT, Wash. — Just seconds after seeing the train fall into traffic on Interstate 5, 2nd Lt. Robert McCoy rushed out of his car to run toward the train car now dangling from the overpass. He was driving home from physical training when the Amtrak train derailed just south of DuPont, Washington, on Dec. 18. A platoon leader in the 62nd Medical Brigade at nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord, McCoy was soon joined by other Good Samaritans on the scene including Maj. Read more at source…

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