At Least 2 Killed in South Carolina Amtrak Crash

Amtrak train collision leaves multiple people injured and two dead

An Amtrak train collided with an unmanned freight train in the early hours of today in SC killing two and injuring at least 116 on board the passenger rail.

Amtrak said in a statement that its passenger train, operating between NY and Miami, came in contact with a CSX freight train around 2.35 Cayce, South Carolina. An emergency official earlier told reporters the injuries ranged in severity from small scratches to broken bones.

Passengers from Jacksonville were among the 116 people hurt in a deadly Amtrak train crash in SC.

"The first engine of the freight train was torn up, and the single engine of the passenger train is barely recognizable", said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster of the accident. It's not believed anyone was on that train.

"For an Amtrak, this is pretty uncommon, " Allen told said. Most Amtrak accidents occur when a passenger train runs into a vehicle or someone on the track, he said.

Michael Kempf, the 54-year-old train engineer from Savannah, Georgia, was killed in the crash.

Earlier, local authorities said about 5,000 gallons of fuel were spilled following the train crash. The National Transportation Safety Board also launched a team to tend to the site.

An NTSB spokesperson said the agency will not speculate on what caused the crash.

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"They weren't supposed to be meeting like that, clearly", he said at a press conference.

Sunday's collision marks the second Amtrak train crash in a week. "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done!"

They went on to say, "Amtrak is working to take care of everyone who was on the train, including family members of our passengers and crew".

He described seeing the engine toppled on its side and the cafe vehicle "completely folded in half". "Everybody was panicking", Kevin Lucien said. "I think people were more in shock than anything else".

Once she is released from the hospital, Winston says she will have to figure out how to get home to Tampa.

A shelter was set up at a nearby school for passengers to get assistance. The collision occurred at 2:35 a.m., according to authorities.

The incident comes less than a week after an Amtrak train carrying GOP lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia hit a garbage truck, killing one person in the truck.

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