Amtrak train collides with CSX freight train in SC

by Noah Mcgee February 5, 2018, 3:03
Amtrak train collides with CSX freight train in SC

"The cafe vehicle that was right in front of us was in much worse shape so we were lucky", she said.

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.

Two people are dead after a train crash in SC Sunday morning.

This is the second fatal Amtrak crash nationally in a week and the third in the last few months.

The Amtrak train was heading from NY to Miami with about 139 people on board when the crash happened around 2:45 a.m. near Cayce, authorities said.

The collision happened near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road around 2:45 a.m. between an Amtrak passenger train and a CSX freight train on the tracks.

Officials say a passenger and freight train crashed.

- October 5, 2015: A passenger train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., derailed when it hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge.

"We continue to send our thoughts to those impacted by the awful train accident this morning in Cayce", he said.

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- October 2, 2012: Two cars and the locomotive of an train carrying about 169 passengers derailed after colliding with a semitrailer in California's Central Valley. More than 100 were treated at local hospitals for various injuries.

At least three patients were hospitalised in critical or serious condition, with almost all the rest treated for minor injuries such as cuts, bruises and whiplash. At least two people have died, and at least another 70 were injured.

The area has three rows of tracks, and the freight train was parked on a "loading track or a sidetrack" and "not the main track", McMaster said.

"It's a frightful thing to see, to understand the force involved", the governor said after touring the scene.

A "Go Team" with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading the investigation into the incident.

CSX, which owns the track, would be responsible for maintaining the switch on the track, Allen said. The sheriff's dept stated all travellers got out of the train, with the wounded transferred to neighbourhood health care locations.

Amtrak officials gathered up luggage and other belongings and within hours put passengers aboard buses to their destinations. The crash happened around a switchyard about 16km south of Columbia.

Pettaway told CNN he was released from a local hospital around 6 a.m. with "minor whiplash" and was at an emergency shelter at a nearby middle school "trying to figure out what we'e going to do from here".

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