911 Calls: Witnesses describe deadly train wreck

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Desperate pleas for help following last week's Los Angeles train collision can be heard on recordings of 911 calls made following the crash.

One caller describing the chaotic scene after the Metrolink commuter train and Union Pacific freighter slammed into one another notes a "whole bunch of people" bleeding and on the floor.

Another caller guesses that there are "a lot of fatalities" in a badly mangled car, in the moments following the crash.

Twenty-five people died in the crash, and more than 130 others were hurt.

Some callers were calm, while others were frantic.

Dispatchers are also heard on the recordings, including one warning a rescuer to stay away from flammable fuel and twisted metal.

The calls released are a small sample of the hundreds received in the aftermath of the collision.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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