Jamestown, NC -- Thursday, we told you about an Amtrak crash in Jamestown, but it wasn't our top story on air. Friday night, it was our top story on-air, because we found out the real story. Not the story of the driver -- he's been charged in the crash. The story of a hero, who happened to be in the right place at the right time.
US Army Sergeant Matthew Pyle happened to be driving by the crash. He jumped out of his vehicle, in his uniform, and started to help.
"All I saw coming down the road was a big cloud of dust. When I got to the intersection, the dust started to settle and that's when I started doing what I was doing," Pyle said.
"Me and the first firefighter that arrived on scene started heading down the tracks to find out if the conductor was okay. Went into the engineer's cabin, just poked my head in there, yelled, no answer, made aware that the driver was safe, of the tractor trailer, and my next priority for myself was to make sure that the passengers and the engineers were fine."
In the end, Pyle said, "It pretty much comes to, become a second instinct really, when somebody's in trouble, if I can I'm gonna help out.
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