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Boston man glad to be alive after Amtrak train kills co-worker in Providence
By Globe Staff
A Boston man is "glad to be alive'' after surviving an Amtrak train accident that killed a co-worker in Providence on Thursday, a relative said today.
The relative of Julius M. Chisholm said today that Chisholm did not suffer any broken bones, but remains in a Rhode Island hospital for continued observation.
"I almost died,'' the relative quoted Chisholm as saying. "I don't know what happened. I just saw this train coming and just jumped out of the way.''
The relative quoted Chisholm as repeatedly saying, "I'm just glad to be alive.''
The Acela high-speed train had just left the Providence station with 162 passengers and six crew members when the accident took place. The train was traveling at about 55 miles an hour.
The man who was killed has been identified by a union official as contractor Gary Graves, who retired in June from the railroad's Philadelphia office after decades of service.
The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak, and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees union.
Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said a southbound Acela train hit a woman walking her dog near the tracks in Mystic,Conn., this morning. The dog was killed and the woman injured, he said. Service is otherwise operating on a normal schedule, he said.
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