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Olympia hospitals cared for 19 injured Amtrak passengers

Charles and Beverly Heebner of Olympia, who were aboard the Amtrak train that derailed near DuPont Monday morning, have been discharged from Providence St. Peter Hospital.
Charles and Beverly Heebner of Olympia, who were aboard the Amtrak train that derailed near DuPont Monday morning, have been discharged from Providence St. Peter Hospital. rboone@theolympian.com

Thurston County’s two hospitals — Providence St. Peter Hospital and Capital Medical Center — cared for 19 of the passengers who were injured in Monday’s Amtrak derailment near DuPont.

Eleven patients were taken to Providence St. Peter, said spokesman Chris Thomas. Five have been treated and released, including Charles and Beverly Heebner of Olympia, both of whom are in their 70s. Charles heebner shared their survival story with The Olympian on Monday.

Six patients are still recovering at Providence, and are in good or fair condition, Thomas said. Rudy Wetzel, who was on his way to Centralia Monday morning, shared his train story with KING 5 news, telling the news outlet that he initially thought the train had exploded.

Capital Medical Center treated eight patients, spokesman Jeff Atwood said. Three were transferred, one was discharged, and four remain in the hospital in stable condition, he said.

The three who were transferred were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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