Williamson County, TX - At approximately 1 P.M. on Tuesday November 25, 2014, an Amtrak passenger train carrying over 200 passengers collided with a passenger truck occupied by a single passenger on State Highway (SH) 95 south of Bartlett, Texas. The passengers on the train were unharmed, and the train did not derail, but the collision caused the fatality of the passenger in the truck. The Salvation Army disaster team, in Williamson County, responded to a request from local Emergency Management for assistance. The passengers from the train were evacuated to the High School in Granger, Texas and were assisted by the American Red Cross before being transported to alternate transportation. Team Leader Randy Oâ€™Dell stated that â€śour services were needed for approximately 50 first responders at the sceneâ€ť. This was no surprise to him; Randy knows that â€śwe are there to help the first responders.â€ť Randy and his team served about 60 sandwiches, 150 snacks, 4 cases of water, and 40 cups of coffee to the first responders.
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About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services: â€śThe Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.â€ť While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army's disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.About The Salvation Army