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MARTA passengers concerned about smokey evacuation

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Cellphone video shows the dark and smokey conditions inside a MARTA train from May 4.

"I just thank God that we are alive because...I thought we were going to die," passenger Karlyn LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc was on the train with her husband and two children when it stopped and began to fill with smoke.

"People started to panic...we pressed the button and nothing. Is anybody on here? Who knows what to do, or what is going on..." LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc said even the person she thinks was the train conductor seemed confused on what to do.

"He didn't know what to do, and he was basically like, 'We are going to die, I don't know what to do, I don't know what to do,' so that didn't help matters," LeBlanc said.

The lieutenant commander of the MARTA Emergency Preparedness Unit says conductors are trained on safety procedures.

"While an incident is occurring, that operator, for example, can't be delivering messages if they don't have information to deliver, and at the same time they can't go through the train cars, as they did, making sure everyone is safe," Aston Greene said.

But LeBlanc says she doesn't think MARTA did enough, leaving passengers to get themselves to safety.

"You knew to stop the next train from coming," LeBlanc said. "You knew to call that bus to get all these people and put them on there. But yet nobody was there to say, 'Hey, I'm sorry, hey, let's check you people out.'"

"This incident will produce an after action report," Greene said. "That after action report will produce a corrective action plan and improvement plan."

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