Eyewitness Account from Train Accident 11/15/12
Patricia Howle was three cars back from the intersection of Industrial and Business 20 when she heard the train horns.
"My daughter said, 'Momma, the train is coming!' and she was looking for it as I saw the trailer begin to cross the railroad tracks."
According to Howle, the flatbed trailer was being pulled by a red semi-truck and people were sitting on the flat bed in rows of chairs. When the horns sounded, a panic hit everyone on board.
"People were jumping off, trying to get off that trailer and the truck was still rolling. People on the trailer saw the train coming and they were flying in every direction."
Howle and her daughter, Amy Parish, said they did not see or hear any warning from the railroad crossing.
"I heard the train and I was looking for it behind us to see where it was," Parish said. "I didn't see any lights, hear any bells or see the arm come down. It was traumatic, very traumatic."
"I just heard the train honk and saw the panic in people's eyes on that trailer," Howle said. "I covered my face. I didn't want to see."
So far, four people have been confirmed dead and 10 are in critical condition.