Mormon missionary describes surviving train wreck

BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press
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Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (AP Photo/ El correo Gallego/Antonio Hernandez)

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (AP Photo/ El correo Gallego/Antonio Hernandez)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A young Mormon missionary from Utah who was among the survivors of a deadly Spain train crash has been discharged from the hospital.

Speaking by phone from La Coruna, Spain, Stephen Ward said Thursday he counts himself among the very lucky to have lived through the derailment Wednesday that killed 80 people.

The 18-year-old Bountiful man says he blacked out after he felt the train lift up from the tracks like a roller coaster. When he regained consciousness, he thought he was dreaming.

Detailed graphic shows and locates train derailment accident in Spain. (AP Photo)

Detailed graphic shows and locates train derailment accident in Spain. (AP Photo)

He soon realized it was real when he noticed his face was caked with blood and he heard the cries and screams of other injured people. He says he also saw dead bodies.

Ward arrived in Spain six weeks ago to start a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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