Two Killed and Dozens Injured as Amtrak Train Collides With Freight Train

05 February, 2018, 06:16 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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A Sunday morning crash involving an Amtrak passenger train and a freight train in Cayce, South Carolina, killed at least two people and injured more than 100.

The train, Amtrak 91, was operating between NY and Miami.

McMaster said the CSX freight train was stationary on the track when the Amtrack train that was heading south, struck the stationary freight train. An NTSB official declined to say if the accident was the fault of CSX, but noted that CSX is responsible for maintaining proper track position. "I mean we see stuff like this on the news all the time, but here we have it, it's touched my family closely and we just thank God she's OK", Neblett said.

Henry McMaster said at a news conference that a CSX freight train appeared to be on a loading track when the Amtrak train with 147 people aboard slammed into it at 2:35 a.m.in Cayce, South Carolina, just east of Columbia. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the men as 54-year-old Michael Kempf of Savannah, Georgia and 36-year-old Michael Cella of Orange Park, Florida.

The Amtrak train was traveling from New Nork to Miami. CSX is the owner of the track but Amtrak uses the line.


"It's a frightful thing to see, to understand the force this involved", McMaster said, referring to the crash site.

A computer system called Positive Train Control (PTC), which the sources said could have prevented the crash, was not in operation in the area. At least four cars of the freight train, which was northbound before it was parked, were crumpled, looking like crushed tin foil, but remained on the tracks. Many were treated for cuts and bruises and released, while two others were admitted, spokeswoman Jennifer Wilson said. He could not validate if any one of the personal injuries were actually life-threatening.

Derek Pettaway was a passenger in one of the train's rear cars, headed for Orlando, he told CNN on Sunday morning. Everyone was off the train, and the Red Cross was assisting them, the department said on its website. "We have anything from small scratches and bumps to more severe broken bones, so they kind of run the gamut in between that", Lexigton County PIO, Harrison Cahill said. Officials said there was no further threat to the public. One person from the Truck was also killed in the accident.

This is the second Amtrak incident in less than seven days.

Last week, a train carrying dozens of Republican members of congress collided with a truck in West Virginia.

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