Helen Dodson usually drives from her home in Fairfield to her job in the public affairs department of Yale University in Fairifield. But, on Friday, her daughter was in town and wanted to use the car. So Dodson took the train, making her one of the many people who was on board of one of the two trains that collided at the Fairfield/Bridgeport line Friday evening. Above are some photos she took from the inside of the train after the collision.
Dodson, who was on the train from New Haven, said she knew something wasn’t right when the train began slowing down after the Bridgeport stop. Shortly thereafter, “you heard sort of a screeching sound and it just jolted to a stop.” Dodson said she saw clouds of dust and the lights went out in the car. Then someone came on the PA system asking if there were any doctors or nurses on board. “No one knew what was going on,” Dodson said. “We were just sort of stunned walking around.”
Passengers were then asked to evacuate. Dodson said she was lucky — she wasn’t hurt, and didn’t see anyone who was badly injured. Mostly, she just saw people who were scared. “A lot of people were in shocking,” she said. “They were crying and very upset.”