2 killed, several injured in train derailment in South Carolina

05 February, 2018, 03:02 | Author: Joy Garcia
  • Amtrak Train Reportedly Derails After Collision In South Carolina

Amtrak Train 91 was carrying 139 passengers and eight crew members to Miami from NY when it hit the freight train at about 2:35 am local time near Columbia.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster says the two deaths are employees of Amtrak.

"We know they are shaken up quite a bit".

It is the fifth crash involving an Amtrak train in a matter of weeks.

The southbound passenger train's locomotive was lying on its side, and the first vehicle was bent and also derailed, although it remained upright, according to images from the scene in the small city of Cayce, South Carolina.

The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, said it was sending a team to the site of the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on their way to SC.

"Part of the preliminary indications are that it would have to be a switching issue, " Allen told The State. Investigators concluded that a cattle feed delivery truck hit the track and shifted it at least a foot before the derailment.

But Amtrak also also said CSX maintains all the tracks and signals where the accident happened and controls access to the sidings and yards. A Positive Train Control system on at this location would have likely prevented the crash.

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It was "a frightful thing to see", McMaster said of the wreckage of the trains.

He added that no passengers or crew remained on the train. No one was aboard the freight train, according to McMaster. But Congress extended the deadline by at least three years to December 31, 2018, according to the FRA.

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

Mr McMaster said 116 people were taken to hospital for treatment.

"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.

Kempf, a father of three sons who lived in Savannah, Ga., spent 20 years in the Army, his brother said.

At least two people have died after a train carrying 147 people collided with a freight train in SC. In that case, a switch was determined to be in the wrong position.

McMaster said he counted more than 30 people being served coffee and breakfast by the Red Cross at Pine Ridge Middle School, that had been set up as a shelter.

Other key news and developments from Sunday's crash. The train's engine and several cars went off the rails, Amtrak said.



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