Brandon Burgess, who was standing by the glass partition in the middle of the Red Line car mangled in yesterday’s crash, gives an interesting account of what happened to the Knoxville News Sentinel (he’s a former student at the University of Tennessee).

Burgess, on his way to U Street and planning to change trains at Fort Totten, describes climbing over the rubble in the smoke-filled car, seeing sky, losing his shoes, and trying to dislodge a teenager whose leg appeared to be broken. A roommate picked him up in a cab after the crash.

After all of it, Burgess says Metro’s still the safest way to get around D.C. “but from now on I’ll be sitting in the middle car of the train where, hopefully, this will never happen again.”