New Video Of Metro Crash Becomes Training Tool
Firefighters’ actions hailed as examples
Updated at 7:15 AM EST on Thursday, Oct 22, 2009
It was a day millions will never forget. Now, the actions of those first on the scene that horrific June day is immortalized in a new documentary video.
The video shows what happened minutes after Metro’s deadliest crash. It also includes interviews with emergency personnel.
The shock of the wreckage was enough to jolt even the most experienced first responders.
“I hopped out of my car, I could see about 150 people wandering the track bed,“ said Chief Lawrence Schultz. “I was looking at our members physically picking people up and carrying them out in their hands.”
It has been four months since nine people were killed near the Takoma station. Still, for many, the wounds are still fresh.
“It was kind of surreal almost. There wasn’t any screaming, there wasn’t any crying, there wasn’t people running away, they were just kind of walking away,” Lt. Tony Carroll said.
Officials waited to release the images out of concern for the privacy of the victims.
The documentary is dedicated to those who were injured or lost their lives in the Metro crash, as well as first responders who rushed to the seen that day.