Train Derailment Survivor Recounts Experience

'It was kind of like watching a wave come at you'

Larry Richert and John Shumway
August 09, 2018 - 11:26 am
Jeff Davis

Cheryl Davis

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The city of Pittsburgh is very lucky no injuries were suffered after the train derailment on Sunday.

Local citizen Jeff Davis nearly lost his life when he witnessed the Norfolk Southern Railway plummet down the hill near Station Square.

Davis was standing on T-station platform watching a train pass above him. He was waiting to catch the next trolley to go home when he thought, "What would I do if that train derailed . . . it was the strangest thing.”

Davis adds "As I’m pondering that, suddenly the train starts rocking side to side. And then to my left, probably 50-100 feet down the track, the cars started coming down over the hill."

Davis tells KDKA Radio it seemed to come to him in slow motion.

“It was kind of like watching a wave come at you.”

After sprinting in the opposite direction of the falling train car with two other individuals. He says the adrenaline rush he experienced helped him run "amazingly fast", said Davis. "I teased that the Steelers could have me in the backfield as long as they have a train chase me, I can do the job."

Davis adds thats when he saw a woman risking her life to save others.

“While we're running away, she’s running up the track towards the derailment. She’s yelling run, run, fast,” Davis said. ”When she got to me she said is there anybody else there?”

When Davis told Port Authority Worker Princess Ferguson they were the only people in the area, she joined them.

Ferguson then called for emergency help.

"Thanks again to Princess, she’s a Pittsburgh hero."

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