'Emergency! We are on the ground!' -- radio traffic from deadly Amtrak train derailment

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TACOMA, Wash. -- The call came in from Amtrak 501 on its way to Portland on Monday morning.

"Emergency! Emergency! Emergency! We are on the ground!," the train's conductor reports to dispatchers with BNSF Railway. provided the audio recordings via ABC News.

"We are on the bridge over I-5 near Nisqually ... on the freeway," the conductor reports. "Need EMS ASAP. Looks like they are already starting to show up."

A dispatcher asks, "Hey guys, what happened?"

"We were coming around the corner to take the bridge over I-5 there right north of Nisqually, and we went on the ground."

The dispatcher asks if everyone is OK.

"I'm still trying to figure that out. We got cars everywhere and down onto the highway."

Late the train reports that one engine is on the ground.

"All other cars appear to be on the ground. It's quite a mess."

The engineer suffered a head injury, the train reported. Both his eyes were swollen shut and is was bleeding from the head.

For more details on the crash, and the latest on the investigation, click here.

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