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Train Derailment Leaves One Dead, 90 Injured

Aired March 18, 2001 - 8:14 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Back to our top story this morning, where the Amtrak train derailed about 70 miles southwest of Des Moines, Iowa, killing one passenger and injuring at least 90 other people. We have on the phone with us Rita Free from St. Joseph's Hospital. This is where a number of patients have been flown in. The hospital is located in Omaha, Nebraska.

Ms. Free, could you tell us how many patients have been brought to your hospital?

RITA FREE, ST. JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL: So far we've just had two and we're expecting one to two more at this time.

PHILLIPS: Can you tell us the extent of the injuries of the two patients who have arrived?

FREE: We have one who's in surgery right now and we are putting her on a status of critical. And we have, she's 47, female. And we have another one, a 13-year-old female, her daughter. She is in fair condition at this time.

PHILLIPS: And you're expecting one to two more. Do you have any information on those two?

FREE: Not at this time yet.

PHILLIPS: Do you know the conditions of those two? Are they also in critical condition?

FREE: No, we haven't been given a report yet. They just told us to expect one to two more possible patients.

PHILLIPS: And how are they being, they're, I'm assuming they're being brought in by helicopter. Is this a St. Joseph's Hospital helicopter?

FREE: There's a city helicopter that services all the hospitals.

PHILLIPS: Are you expecting any more patients or is this it right now?

FREE: I would hope that once the sun's up they would hopefully finish with what they, you know -- finding people.

PHILLIPS: Right. We understand, we've been told that everyone has been evacuated so are you expecting any more patients to get in?

FREE: Not at this time unless they find somebody at one of the smaller hospitals that they triage and need to bring here.

PHILLIPS: If there's anyone that may know this 47-year-old woman, the 13-year-old daughter, possibly people that live in the area or know people that were on the train, is there a number, Ms. Free, that they could call to find out if it's one of their relatives that -- or friends coming into your hospital?

FREE: At this time we've been going through Amtrak. They have several public relations officers that all the hospitals are calling names into and that number is 1-800-523-9101.

PHILLIPS: OK, 1-800-523-9101. Rita Free with St. Joseph's Hospital, thank you for that update. We'll continue to check in and find out the condition of the other patients and the ones you do have. Thank you.

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