Eighty people were killed in the crash. Bound for El Ferrol and coming from Madrid, the train was traveling more than twice the speed limit.
Ward told The Daily Telegraph that he felt lucky to be alive.
“I remember the train going very fast round a sharp bend and then bags flying off the overhead baggage shelf. A woman across from me was flung from her seat and then I think the train must have derailed. At that point I passed out and when I came to I was being dragged from the carriage,” Ward said.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Thursday:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the train accident in Spain. Among those injured was Elder Stephen Madison Ward, age 18, from Bountiful, UT, serving in the Spain Madrid mission. Elder Ward suffered minor injuries as well as a neck injury. A full recovery is anticipated. Elder Ward completed 6 weeks of training in the Madrid Missionary Training Center this week and was en route to his first assignment."
Ward was treated and released at a local hospital Thursday.