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Amtrak Train Investigation Underway, Victims Families Dealing with Aftermath

06 February, 2018, 14:49 | Author: Lydia Fleming
  • Lexington County emergency officials respond to the scene where an Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train in Cayce South Carolina

An Amtrak train traveling between NY and Miami collided with a freight train on Sunday morning, killing at least two people and injuring at least 50 others, according to police officials.

Officials said two people had been admitted to hospital.

In a statement earlier Sunday morning, Amtrak said the lead engine and some of the passenger cars had derailed.

The injured were transported to local hospitals, Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said.

The train was part of Amtrak' Silver Star Service and was headed for Miami, local media reported.

After the crash, law enforcement officials and emergency crews responded to the scene to free the passengers from the wreckage and transport them to a nearby middle school for shelter.

Amtrak Train 91 was traveling between New York and Miami with when it collided with a CSX freight train in Cayce South Carolina derailing the lead engine and some passenger cars Amtrak said in a statement
Amtrak engineer killed in train crash was 'a loving father'

Sumwalt said, ironically, that indications were that the system created to help stop trains before a collision was being prepared to be installed on the track.

The collision occurred near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road, in Cayce, authorities said.

McMaster said the CSX freight train was stationary and "awaiting a later movement" at the time it was struck by the passenger train - which was traveling at approximately 60 miles per hour. Epps said in a statement most passengers appeared to have suffered minor injuries and would likely be treated and released without being admitted. There were two fatalities, according to the Lexington County coroner's office.

The incident comes days after another Amtrak train collided with a garbage truck in Virginia, resulting in the death of one person and the injury of six others - including a congressman. In his words, CSX had opened the arrow to the side track, where the passenger train departed from the main line and crashed into the stopped freight train. "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done!" "Did this just happen?'" she said.

It is the third deadly wreck involving Amtrak in less than two months.

Cheeseman told WIS-TV in Columbia that he, his wife and their 9-year-old daughter had boarded Train 91 in Rocky Mount to visit family in Florida, including a trip to Disney World. The driver of the truck was killed and three sanitation workers were injured.


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