Reporting Courtney Gousman
(CBS) — Two suburban girls survived the train crash in northern Spain that killed 79 people last month and one is still in the hospital. CBS 2′s Courtney Gousman talked to the family, now dealing with a medical crisis.
In a video that shocked the world, a commuter train sped through a curve in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, sending train cars flying off the tracks into a pile of rubble.
A total of 79 people died and dozens of others were injured, including Lucia Ruiz Dominguez of Riverwoods. The 11-year-old is now in a hospital less than two miles from the crash.
“She was basically thrown … they were kind of bounced around within the wagon and then they were thrown out of the wagon somehow,” said Ismael Ruiz, the girl’s father.
Lucia’s father tells CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman that Lucia and her younger sister were riding in one of the last cars as a part of a trip to Spain with relatives.
Ismael Ruiz says his daughter is dealing with internal bleeding and multiple broken bones, including her hips. She is recovering from surgery.
“She was the worst by far and she was very lucky as well because she was one of the first persons that was rescued from the train,” said Ismael Ruiz.
12 days later, Lucia was moved from intensive care to a regular room. The soccer player and sixth grader is conscious and now talking and asking some tough questions.
“She is starting to wonder about what are the implications, school, sports, friends,” said Ismael Ruiz.
Friends here at home, set-up a website to help with the family’s expenses.
Neighbors also willing to chip-in to do their part.
“They are in our prayers; we are praying for them every day,” says neighbor Nina Boorstein,
Lucia’s father says he believes his younger daughter was not hurt because the train car’s luggage landed on top of her and acted as a cushion. His uncle and aunt are also in the hospital.
Doctors are uncertain when Lucia will be able to return home.