The train rolled down the tracks on Jan. 23, 2006, from the mountain resort town of Kolasin in Montenegro to the coastal town of Bar.

Nik Vucevic, father Borislav Vucevic, members of his youth basketball team and hundreds of others were on the train that began picking up speed and then more and more speed.

"I was aware of what was going on," said Nik Vucevic, now a center for the Orlando Magic, who then was headed home after a team camp in the mountains as a 15-year-old.

Train employees told passengers the train's brakes weren't working properly and they should prepare for a crash. The train left the tracks and passenger cars tumbled into a ravine, killing 47 people and injuring nearly 200. A brake failure caused the train to speed out of control, according to court records.

"The worst part was that before the crash, we knew something was wrong with the train," Vucevic told USA TODAY Sports in a recent interview. "We didn't know what was going to happen. We were in the middle of the mountains. So you know if falls off the rail, you don't where it's going to land.

"You don't know what is going to happen. Are you going to die? Are you going to live?"

Vucevic tells his story now as a burgeoning star for the Magic, who host the streaking Miami Heat on Monday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN). His improved play this season, particularly against the Heat, probably warrants a special section in the advanced scouting report. If the Heat are going to extend the second-best winning streak in NBA history to 27 games, limiting Vucevic's scoring and rebounding is paramount.