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Screams fill 911 calls after fatal SC train crash

Mar 22, 2011 10:25:00 PM - thestate.com
Witnesses flooded authorities with calls pleading for help for screaming, bloodied passengers of a derailed children's train ride whose driver was quoted as telling police in reports that he was going too fast before the crash that killed a boy.

"Hurry. There's a whole bunch," one frantic caller said in one 911 call, the audio obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act. "One kid's leg almost tore off. One kid's not breathing."

"The train fell off the bridge, and there were a bunch of little kids on it," another caller said, screams filling the background. "It's a bloody mess," said another.

The callers reported chaotic scenes from a park in Spartanburg in the state's northwest, where a nearly 60-year-old train derailed Saturday and toppled off a bridge, killing 6-year-old passenger Benji Easler.

Authorities say 27 others suffered injuries from bumps and bruises to broken bones. Some children were carried off in stretchers.

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