WhatsApp in the Santiago de Compostela Train Disaster
El País has printed the story of Susana Relaño, a 46 year old from Madrid, who was travelling on the accident train. Jul 27, 2013 - 6:06:54 PM
‘Accidente. Ni sé si saldré. Me ahogo. Aplastada.
(Accident, I don’t know if I’ll get out. I choke. Crushed)
In fact her message was full of misprints.
Her husband Arcadio was waiting for his wife in the A Coruña station when he received the message.
Then came the five longest minutes in his life
‘I went running to speak to those at the station, and they told me they didn’t know anything about any accident’.
And then at 20.50 another message
‘¿Toy a sqlvoq’ – meaning ‘Estoy a Salvo’
Susana had some scratches on one leg, and was almost ashamed to have escaped unhurt from the train where 78 people died.
Looking at her hands and arms with disbelief; ‘It’s that I have nothing’.
It was 1pm when she was released from hospital after doctors confirmed that she was perfectly alright, with no internal injuries.
Nobody could suspect she was one of the survivors, except for splashes of blood on her white handbag.
'When we derailed I was talking to a two year old boy beside me travelling with his mother, then suitcases and people started to fall on me. The first thing I remembered afterwards was the screams and the blood. Everyone appeared to be bleeding.
And the mother of the boy, shouting without stopping, ‘Where is my son? I don’t know what has happened to him. I hope he has survived’.