An Amtrak train heading from Los Angeles to Chicago collided with a dump truck at an uncontrolled crossing in Mendon, Missouri, on Monday.
The derailment of eight cars and two locomotives on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief killed two passengers and injured hundreds more. The truck’s driver was also slain.
As passengers fled the wrecked vehicles, a group of young guys who occurred to be on board raced to aid those in need.
Dan Skrypczak, the scoutmaster of Troop 73 in Appleton, Wisconsin, claimed his 15-year-old son went towards the dump truck driver and soothed him in his dying moments.
He’s a normal 15-year-old who believes he’s Superman and should’ve been able to save this person, he expressed.
When the train derailed, it was carrying two Boy Scout units.
The scouts, who varied in age from 13 to 17, leapt into action very quickly after the tragedy.
They helped in whatever manner they could, including smashing windows, assisting passengers in getting on and off the train, and soothing the truck driver.
“I’m proud of them. One scout wrapped his hand, removed his shirt, then wrapped his hand again in order to shatter some windows and get people out. Another scout ran and calmed and attempted to steady the driver of the truck that was hit,” Skrypczak told.
They were working on that person in tandem when he died, so that scout is really shaken.
The Boy Scouts, who had just returned from a weeklong hiking trip in New Mexico, couldn’t have been better equipped.
Scott Armstrong, director of national media relations for the Boy Scouts of America, explained that These scouts are really well-trained. Prior to travelling, they would have undergone advanced first aid training, and their adult leaders would have had individuals with wilderness first aid certification, which is a very sophisticated course.
Fortunately, no one was badly wounded. Two of the eight adults accompanying the youngsters were sent to the hospital, and one Boy Scout was treated for wounds that were not life-threatening.
Nicole Tierney, whose son Owen was aboard the train, said she was delighted when she heard from him.
And she was “extremely proud” when she found out how her son’s unit responded.
Father of Boy Scout that was on rural Missouri Amtrak derailment speaks
Two Boy Scout troops found themselves in the middle of a disaster Monday when the Amtrak train they were on derailed in rural Missouri. The scouts were the first to spring into action and provide aid on the scene. They were also the ones to find the driver of the truck that collided with the passenger train. WISN spoke with the father of one of the scouts that was on the train. STORY: https://tinyurl.com/mr2wesvwPosted by KMBC 9 on Tuesday, 28 June 2022
Thank you to these courageous Boy Scouts for stepping up and assisting the wounded. Thank you also to the scout who consoled the driver in his dying moments.