Boy Scouts Aid in Amtrak Wreck -- AP Story
J. R. Madden (jmadden@OTB.COM)
Mon, 11 Aug 1997 08:27:00 -0500
08/10/1997 00:28 EST
Boy Scouts Aid in Amtrak Wreck
By MATT KELLEY
Associated Press Writer
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- Fifteen-year-old Geoff Boyd did his duty after the
derailment early Saturday.
After all, Boyd is a Boy Scout.
Thirty scouts, including eight adults, were aboard the Southwest Chief
when it derailed after a
bridge trestle collapsed. About half of the 330 passengers were injured,
and one was in critical
condition Saturday night, officials said.
Several passengers pointed to the scouts as heroes who helped people out
of the derailed cars,
provided basic first aid and comforted those too injured to move.
It was just the right thing to do, said Boyd, a member of
Troop 90 from Riverside, Calif. ``We didn't get hurt, so we
decided to help other people,'' he said.
``The Boy Scout motto is `be prepared' -- be prepared for
anything,'' said Jim Hohl, the leader of Troop 90. ``You
could hear a few screams -- `Help, I'm hurt' -- but
otherwise it was pretty calm.''
The scouts said rescue workers who arrived minutes after
the crash allowed them to continue helping. For example,
the scouts used their knot-tying skills to keep injured passengers on
Other scouts were from Troop 703 and Troop 16, also from Riverside, and
Troop 66 from
Davis, Calif. They were heading to the Philmont Scout Ranch in
northeastern New Mexico.
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