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Wolf Point man talks about his experience in train derailment

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Sep 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-27 10:06:19-04

A man from Wolf Point and his son were two of the passengers on the train that derailed between Joplin and Chester on Saturday.

They were on their way to visit his granddaughter in Seattle.

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After the accident, he used his US Navy training along with his son using his US Marine Corps training to help the other passengers.

Daniel Hutchinson postponed his trip, and returned home to Wolf Point.

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"We felt the track get kind of rough and then we felt kind of a big bump," Hutchinson said about the crash. "And then I heard gravel noise and we were slowing down fast. And I was sitting next to the window. I was thinking if this thing goes over this window is going to be in the gravel. And so I just kind of skooched down onto the floor and you could hear brakes and gravel and we were slowing down pretty fast, it still took a little bit to get completely stopped."

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Hutchinson says as soon as the train stopped he started helping,

"I hollered through the car I said is everybody all right, is anybody injured," he said. "Everybody check your neighbor. Everybody look around at your seatmate, the people sitting close to you. Look around and make sure. Is there anybody injured in case they can't answer for themselves. And everybody looked around. No, there's no injuries here. Nobody's injured. Okay. Here's what we need to do. We need to exit the car. Just gather up your stuff and we'll just file on out of here. Just move on out of here just in case something happens and we end up with a fire or something, we'll already be out of here."

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And he says others joined the rescue effort.

"There wasn't anybody there that wasn't willing to help if they could help," Hutchinson said. "I just say a prayer of thanks that the good Lord put me in the right place at the right time to be of service that I can help somebody. And let my training and everything kick in and do what I did and to help make it better for some other people."

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Hutchinson says the people in Joplin and Chester fed and took care of the passengers.