Army officers honored for helping during deadly train crash

VIDEO: JBLM officers received one of the Army's highest honor for role in Amtrak crash

When a speeding Amtrak train plunged off an overpass onto Interstate 5, three Joint-Base Lewis McChord officers rushed to help.

Today, two of them received one of the Army's highest honors.

Lt. Colonel David Sloan and Major Michael Livingston were both on interstate five on the morning of December 18, 2017 when they drove up and saw the train crash.

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An Amtrak train hanging from an overpass after derailing while traveling at nearly 80 mph into a 30 mph curve.

Sloan, a medical service corps officer, and Livingston, a nurse anesthetist, were traveling in separate cars.

They quickly realized they needed to crawl into the dangling passenger car to save lives, knowing it could fall at any moment.

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