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Reading-based Red Cross worker helping after derailment

Adrian Grieve working with crash victims' families

READING, Pa. - A day after a fatal Amtrak derailment in the Pacific Northwest, a veteran American Red Cross worker from Berks County has been dispatched to the region.

Adrian Grieve, the executive director of the Red Cross' Reading-based tri-county chapter, left for Tacoma, Washington, on Tuesday.

"People always associate us with larger floods and wildfires and hurricanes and even local home fires," Grieve said of his response to the train tragedy.

Grieve will help coordinate the family assistance center, which is set up to provide information, comfort, and support to passengers and families of those impacted by the derailment in DuPont, Washington.

"We will have a lot of metal health and emotional support," Grieve told WFMZ's Katiera Winfrey.

At least three people were killed and more than 100 others were injured when the train, on its inaugural journey from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, went off the tracks Monday morning, causing some of the cars to fall onto an interstate highway below.

Grieve will serve as the connection between families and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Amtrak officials, a role he also played following the fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia in May 2015.

Grieve, of Spring Township, has more than 25 years of experience with the Red Cross in managing family assistance centers across the country after transportation accidents.


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