Published on : Saturday, July 26, 2014
A White Pass & Yukon Route train derailed on top of a mountain near the Canada-Alaska border Wednesday There were 360 passengers and crew members aboard. Out of those people, 23 were treated for minor injuries after returning to Skagway, according to Dahl Memorial Clinic Executive Director Shelly Moss-O’Boyle.
According to Moss-O’Boyle, the injured were “mobile,” and came to the clinic with bumps, bruises and scrapes. Had anyone been critically injured, she said, things would have worked out much differently and passengers would have been sent to a Juneau hospital 90 miles away.
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management initially reported only nine injured, but Moss-O’Boyle said from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. the remote clinic saw 19 passengers and four train crew members.
Skagway is a real remote area and there is no hospital close at all. Juneau’s (hospital) is the closest. This was the biggest thing that has happened to us in a very long time, and we did it just fine. Moss-O’Boyle said at the time the injured arrived at the local clinic, only 16 people were on staff.
A medevac was standing by, but no one was flown out. All the patients had been released by 7 p.m., said Moss-O’Boyle.
Jeremy Zidek of Homeland Security said the cause of the crash is still under investigation, but they were able to determine where the two vintage locomotives and four passenger cars derailed.