There were approximately 275 passengers and 12 crew members on board an Amtrak train when it derailed in Missouri on Monday. Among the travelers on the ill-fated train were two Boy Scout troops heading home to Wisconsin from a 10-day backpacking trip in New Mexico. After the train derailed, the Boy Scout members displayed acts of courage and heroism.
An Amtrak train ran off the tracks after colliding with a dump truck in Mendon, Missouri. Four people died in the train wreck, and at least 150 were injured.
There were brave actions taken by members of Troops 12 and 73 of Boy Scouts of America Bay-Lakes Council in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Boy Scout members were all between the ages of 14 and 17, plus eight adult troop leaders.
“It was a lot of chaos when it first fell over. There was crying, screaming, a lot of confusion,” 16-year-old Elijah Awe told WISN-TV .
Awe tended to his father – who suffered cracked vertebrae and bruised ribs.
“My dad, he was having trouble breathing and his ribs were hurting, and right away he knew that he broke something,” Awe said.
One Boy Scout was trapped in a train bathroom for 35 minutes because the weight of one of the passengers who died prevented him from opening the door.
“Pipes were going loose. Screws were everywhere, water dropping. Everything was completely upside down,” Dean Seaborn, 14, told WISN-TV . ” I was freaking out.”Eli Skrypczak, a 15-year-old scout, scampered to a nearby ditch where the dump truck driver had been ejected. Skrypczak tried to administer first aid and stop the bleeding, but it was too late. The scout comforted the driver as he died.”One of our scouts, a 15-year-old, he’s actually the senior patrol leader, which is the lead youth of a scout troop, went forward to the […]
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