Soldier helps passengers after train derails in Korea

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Staff Sgt. Steven Royster from the 36th Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade,  Eighth Army, helped passengers after his train derailed in Daegu, South Korea  Aug. 31. Courtesy photo.
Staff Sgt. Steven Royster from the 36th Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade, Eighth Army, helped passengers after his train derailed in Daegu, South Korea Aug. 31. Courtesy photo.

Soldier helps passengers after train derails in Korea

by: Capt. James Williams III, 1st Signal Brigade Public Affairs | .
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published: September 05, 2013

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — A U.S. Army sergeant with the 36th Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade, Eighth Army, broke through a window to help passengers escape when two trains collided south of Seoul Aug. 31.

Staff Sgt. Steven Royster was aboard a high speed express train, known as KTX, when it was struck by a local train shortly after departing the Daegu train station.

“The train hadn’t even got up to full speed before we were hit and derailed,” said Royster. “The power went out and we were stuck, so I started breaking a window.”

Royster successfully broke through the window and, with the assistance of Mr. Kang, Jang Yoon, helped several passengers through the window to safety.

“I want to give him (Kang) a thanks because he was the one who helped me communicate with the rest of the people and he was the one that took me to the hospital,” said Royster. “It was a good example of teamwork that represents the U.S.-Korean Alliance.”

Royster suffered several deep lacerations to his hand and arm, while breaking the window, which required six stitches.

Reports state that a total of 870 passengers from both trains were safely evacuated, none of whom had life threatening injuries, and that 11 passenger cars derailed in the collision.

Royster is originally from Jacksonville, N.C and is a seven year veteran with an Iraq deployment under his belt. He is an Information Technology Specialist currently working in cyber security with the 36th Signal Battalion Headquarters.

U.S. Soldier helps passengers after KTX train derails

주한미군 부사관이 열차 사고시 승객들을 탈출시키는데 도움을 주다

제임스 윌리엄 대위, 제1통신여단 공보실

대한민국 용산 미군기지-제1통신여단 36 통신대대에서 근무하고 있는 미군 부사관이  어제 열차 충돌 사고시 승객들을 탈출시키는데 도움을 주었다. 사고발생시 이 미군 부사관은 열차 창문을 부수고 열어서 승객들을 탈출시키는데 도움을 주었다.

스티븐 로이스터 하사가 탑승했던 KTX 고속열차는 대구역에서 출발 직후 지나가던 완행열차와 충돌하였다. "우리가 탑승했던 열차는 속력을 내기도 전에 충돌하였고 그 결과 바로 열차는 탈선했다. 그 후 열차는 전기가 나갔으며(정전이 되었고), 승객들은 꼼짝없이 갇혀있었다. 그래서 나는 창문을 부수기 시작했다." 로이스터 하사는 창문을 부순 후, 강장윤 씨와 함께 승객들이 창문 사이로 무사히 빠져나갈 수 있게 도왔다.

로이스터 하사는 "강장윤 씨에게 고마움을 표하고 싶다고 하였다. 왜냐하면 그 분이 내가 나머지 다른 승객들과 의사소통을 할 수 있도록 도와주었고, 나를 병원으로 데려다 주신 분이다. 이 일은 한미동맹의 팀워크를 보여준 좋은 예이다." 라고 말하였다.

로이스터 하사는 창문을 부수는 과정에서 손과 팔을 여섯 바늘이나 꿰매야 하는 깊은 상처를 입었다.

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