"They were screaming, there were bodies and smoke," said Stephen Ward, survived train crash.
Stephen Ward of Bountiful is one of the fortunate to survive what's being called Spain's worst train tragedy in 70 years.
"After 30 seconds or a minute I finally thought to myself I don't think I'm asleep. I think this is real and that was a scary realization," said Ward.
18 year old Elder Ward was beginning his first day as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"I've never been to hell but it's probably pretty accurate, I've seen a picture of myself that they took. I look like the walking dead, completely covered in blood. It was truly gruesome," said Elder Ward.
So far at least 78 people died in the crash. Elder Ward's train was travelling from Madrid to a town in Northwestern Spain. It was clocked at more than 110 miles per hour, double what it should've been going. Video captures the horrifying moment the train derailed.
"A few things of luggage started falling off the racks, and after one or two seconds you could feel us leave the other side of tracks and the whole train rotated about 90 degrees," Elder Ward said.
Friday the train driver - seen being led away - is now being questioned by police.
Elder Ward wasn't even supposed to be on the train. He'd bought the wrong ticket. He knows he's lucky to be and alive and it's strengthened his resolve to make his mission count.
“I'm going to live every day working and doing my best, trying to make the world around me a better place. I don't know what better message you could pull out of it than that," he said.
Although Elder Ward survived, ABC 4 Utah has learned a Virginia woman died. She was on a pilgrimage in Spain for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.
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