Evacuees: Pushed Out By Derailment

Evacuees: Pushed Out By Derailment
By: Tiffany Sisson

For many evacuees, it wasn't the train shifting from the tracks that shook them out of their beds. Rather, the unsuspecting and frantic knocks at the door at 3am, alerting them to quickly get out of their homes.
The Christopher Civic Center is considered a safe place for Mary Taylor and her dog, Tina. "I would not have left without her. She's my baby,' exclaimed Taylor!
Taylor lives a block and a half from the tracks. "I heard a knock on the door. I thought oh my Lord, I looked at the clock. It said 3:30a.m., and I thought who in the world could be calling at this time of the day," said Taylor.
Firefighters came to her rescue. "They told us to take several clothes, because we might be gone a few days," said Taylor.
Brian Mosley was startled out of bed around 2:30a.m. "I heard the train tip over. I wasn't sure what it was. About an hour later, an officer came to our door," said Mosley.
Taylor and Mosley were among those who went to the hospital. "They all gave us a total check over. There was anywhere from 1 to 3 nurses in my room at one time," explained Taylor.
"I had a metallic taste in my mouth, kind of a burning sensation back in my throat," said Mosley.
While neither expected to spend their day sitting and waiting, both expected a derailment. "It wasn't surprising. I expected it sooner or later,' said Mosley.
Taylor explained, "It sounded like it was falling apart. I guess it went ahead and fell apart."
Both were more concerned about the inconvenience of the derailment. Mosley missed work, and only had the clothes on his back. Taylor was more upset because her dog's nerves are rattle by all of the changes.
Many of the evacuees were allowed back inside their homes about 15 hours later, at 5p.m.