Man aboard Amtrak train during crash: 'We were catapulted at the seats in front of us'

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A Seattle man who was aboard the Amtrak train that derailed and crashed onto lanes of Interstate 5 southbound Monday morning during its inaugural trip said he was "catapulted" at the seats in front of him during the crash.

At least six people were killed and 77 others were injured as the south-bound train crashed off an overpass and into lanes of busy highway traffic.

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Chris Karnes, a member of the Community Transportation Advisory Group, told ABC News he heared a "creaking" in the moments leading up to the crash.

"We were going down the tracks between 70 and 80 miles an hour I would say, and we heard a creaking, a little bit of a creaking sound," Karnes said. "Then we were catapulted at the seats in front of us and the next thing that we knew, our car had crumpled at a portion at the top and we were down an embankment."

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He said his car, which had about 10 other people in it, came to a rest on a hill.

"There was water and a ton of dust flew up into the air," Karnes said. "I don’t know how to describe the noise. There was a crash... we knew that something had happened."

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