A Reporter and Photographer from KING in Seattle were aboard the Amtrak that derailed in Washington yesterday.
Lucky for the news crew they had gotten off the train just before the accident happened.
KING Reporter Alex Rozier and photojournalist Jim Scott were reporting on board the first 6 a.m. Seattle-to-Portland Amtrak ride.
Rozier says, "I started my day riding an Amtrak train covering a story about expanded rail service in Western Washington. We left the station a little after 6 am.
"Once we arrived in Tacoma, Washington we exited the train to go cover another story. Minutes after we got off I got a phone call from my Executive Producer. She told me the train had just derailed. Multiple people are dead. Dozens are injured."
He knows he was lucky in the timing. "I will be ok, but I will tell you this.....when I go home for Christmas in a few days I’ll hug my family a little tighter because I need it. Life can change so fast. This is very hard. My heart remains with those who weren’t as lucky as me. I know they were wonderful people," he said.
He talked more about his day in a story for the station: