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RPI freshman saves passengers on runaway Amtrak train

November 22, 2018 06:35 PM

An RPI freshman is credited with saving passengers on a runaway Amtrak train.

As NewsChannel 13 reported on Wednesday evening, two train cars separated shortly after departure from Rensselaer to New York City. Reuben Clarke was a passenger on that train.

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The offensive lineman for the RPI football team says he felt the train getting wobbly and noticed sparks flying from below. That's when he leaped forward and pulled the emergency brake right before the incident, preventing a possible disaster.

The team's head coach praised Clarke's behavior, saying he's not surprised he jumped into action.

"Always been a tremendous great kid, great character and everything, extremely hard worker for us on and off the football field and, you know, he said he was just happy to do right at that moment when people need it the most," explained Coach Ralph Isernia.

Coach Isernia says Clarke was on his way to the city to spend Thanksgiving with his family. He's not on the 58-man roster for Saturday's NCAA playoff game at Brockport.

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