Amtrak derailment survivor Rudi, 81, ‘improving’ - The Sound Podcast

Rudi's days include rehabilitation. His family said Rudi hopes to ride the train again soon.

Rudi Wetzel, an 81-year-old survivor of December’s Amtrak train derailment, is improving.

KING 5 reporter Alex Rozier has been in contact with his family since the crash.

“He starting to improve. His family sent me a picture of him sitting on the couch and smiling,” said Rozier on KING 5’s The Sound Podcast. The interview was recorded in early January.

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Rudi's days include rehabilitation. His family said Rudi hopes to ride the train again soon, according to Rozier.

In the segment, which starts roughly 12:30 into the podcast, Rozier and photojournalist Jim Scott recount their day of coverage. They were on the Amtrak train that derailed, but exited the stop before the crash.