At Least 2 Killed, 70 Injured In Amtrak Collision With Freight Train

Train cars are smashed and derailed Sunday Feb. 4 2018 near Cayce. S.C

Some were leaving the shelter, and others were coming in, after release from the hospital.

"We can't talk specifics, but of those six admissions, there were some significant injuries including some solid organ injuries and head injuries". A fourth victim is in fair condition.

The Lexington County Sheriff later said four buses had been made available to take Amtrak passengers to their final destinations.

"It's regrettable that we have two fatalities". Additionally, affected customers reporting injuries have been transported to local hospitals. Prior efforts have included using positive train control technology in its Northeastern Corridor route. CSX owns and controls the Columbia Subdivision where the accident occurred. The CSX confirmed the collision in the statement. Eight crew members and 139 passengers were on board. Anyone seeking info about passengers on Train 91 should call the Amtrak info line at 1-800-523-9101.

An Amtrak train was traveling south from NY to Miami early Sunday when it collided with a freight train.

CSX personnel have been on site to assist state and local authorities, who are responding to the incident.

Two train workers are dead and 116 other people injured after a passenger train and freight train collided in the USA state of SC.

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The wreck happened near a rail yard where several spurs branch off for train cars to be unloaded.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said the two people killed were traveling on the Amtrak train. The Amtrak train, which had 139 passengers and eight crew members on it, was traveling between NY and Miami, CNN reports. No serious injuries were reported for anyone on the train, and some lawmakers with medical experience offered assistance at the scene.

A passenger on the train, Carl Bishop, spoke with WXIA, AND says he and his wife were in a sleeping vehicle at the time of the crash. The NTSB go team will consist of more than a dozen investigators and support staff. Chairman of the NTSB board Robert Sumwalt will be the board member for the Go Team, an NTSB spokesperson told ABC News. We will also be keeping this story updated throughout the day and evening.

The number of injured rose to 116 from a previous count of 70, said Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill.

The two people killed in the accident were both Amtrak employees: the train's engineer, 54-year-old Michael Kempf, and the conductor, 36-year-old Michael Cella.

"The incident is very near the state farmers' market and other residential areas but right now, everyone is safe", said Derrec Becker, public information officer at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

Gov. McMasters said there was a rapid response from numerous emergency crews.

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