Survivor of 1995 sunset limited derailment
Posted 31 January 2005 - 12:46 AM
I am a survivor of the Sunset Limited Derailment , in Hyder, Arizona( 1995).
I was the individual that found the first copy of
"THE SONS OF THE GUSTAPO" manuscript.
I also was the last person to talk with Sleeping car attendant Mitchell Bates, 41, a 20-year Amtrak employee, before this incident occured.
Mitchell Bates was also discovered by myself, and I was the last person to hear his voice say, " Am I home? ". He died just moments later, in my arms.
I helped rescue many passengers that were injured, and was quite injured myself.
I was walking from one passenger car to the next, when the cars dis-engaged at 55 mph. I was left in mid-air, as I walked between the two doors that separated the two cars. I fell 34 feet at 55 mph down to the dry riverbank of Quail Wash.
I nearly was crushed by the 500 ton passenger car that landed only 10 - 15 feet away. My adreneline rush was the only thing that kept me from feeling my many injuries, as I helped rescue others.
While helping an elderly couple walk up the incline of the dry riverbank, to safety, I noticed a large rock on a pile of papers. I picked up the papers, and attempted to read what they said, but had a hard time reading in the moonlight. Another passenger had a flashlight from the train, so we read the 4 pages of the manuscript.
An hour and 45 minutes passed before the first helicopter arrived.
I sat down and finally felt an enormous pain in my legs and back.
I was refused medical treatment by the helicopter team, because I was able to walk .
The FBI also confiscated any luggage that was on the Sunset Limited, as evidence.
I had over $2,000 in my luggage, that I never recovered from the FBI.
The loss of this money caused me to become homeless... since I was travelling to California, to make a new start. This $2,000 was what I planned to use for a place to live and for food. Instead, I was forced to live on the streets for a very long time. The Luggage also contained all of my clothes, wallet, Identification, pictures, College Degree documentation of my Culinary Training, and everything needed to prove who I was and what I needed to obtain employment.
I just wanted to send a special " THANK_YOU " to the FBI for screwing up my life for 2 years. And for making my life a living HELL.
I am currently seeking passengers of this derailment, to see how their lives were effected by this unfortunate occurance.
Thanks for your time,
Posted 31 January 2005 - 08:52 AM
Gee, that is a prevously unreported problem. A grossly overweight Superliner!
I nearly was crushed by the 500 ton passenger car that landed only 10 - 15 feet away.
A journey is a person itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. - John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Posted 01 February 2005 - 06:33 PM
Rail Miles Travelled: 112,496
Posted 01 February 2005 - 09:26 PM
Hey guys, remember that this person is probably not a rail fan, and may not know as much as we do about trains. If one of those superliner cars was rolling over at me, it WOULD look like 500 tons to me.
Posted 02 February 2005 - 04:45 AM
18,216 amtrak miles
Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:16 PM
My mother was with me, and she got messed up pretty well. I was lucky and came out with only a small bruise.
I lost the friends I made on the trip, due to the shuffle and chaos that ensued after we never traded numbers or anything. Anyone who remembers this trip, please pipe in
Dave in Northern California
Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:54 PM
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