Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
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Amtrak train collides with freight train, killing 2 and injuring 70

Amtrak train collides with freight train, killing 2 and injuring 70

National Transportation Chairman Robert Sumwalt gave an update on the crash that happened early Sunday morning in Lexington County, South Carolina.

The Amtrak train that collided Sunday morning with a freight train and killed two people appeared to be on the wrong track, possibly because a switch was in the wrong position, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster and state officials said Sunday.

He identified the dead as Amtrak personnel and said the freight train, which was stationary, appeared to be empty.

"We have anywhere from scratches and bumps to more severe broken bones", Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill told reporters.

The wreck involving Amtrak Train 91, heading from NY to Miami, occurred at 2:35 Cayce, S.C., about 10 miles south of Columbia, according to Derrec Becker of South Carolina Emergency Management. The train, with 139 passengers and eight crew members was traveling from NY to Miami. CSX maintains all of the tracks and signal systems. No immediate information is available about the CSX train.

"This is not our first train derailment", said Derrec Becker of the South Caroline Emergency Management Division to the New York Times.

US president Donald Trump has been following the situation from Washington, D.C., according to a statement from the White House. Those looking for information about passengers can call the Amtrak information line at 800-523-9101. Disaster-trained Red Cross volunteers were at the scene shortly after the incident, assisting with those efforts.

Train 91, which was traveling from NY to Miami, derailed in Cayce, S.C., just outside of the state's capital, Columbia.

Two other passengers from the truck were injured - one seriously - and hospitalized.

Amtrak said the lead engine and a few passenger cars derailed on Train 91.

The train crashed into a freight train, killing two people and injuring at least 50 more. "I'd would asked that they say a prayer for these people", McMaster said.

The sheriff's department said all passengers were off the train, with the injured transported to local medical facilities.

Hospital officials told Fox News they have received almost 90 patients from the crash, but most of which have been discharged already.

It's the third crash involving an Amtrak train since December.

"His thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this bad tragedy", said McMaster's spokesman, Bryan Symmes.

More than 5,000 gallons of gasoline spilled from the CSX train, but there is no chemical threat to the public.

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