Saturday, 24 February, 2018

2 dead, 50 injured after Amtrak train wreck in Columbia

The location of the crash in Cayce South Carolina The location of the crash in Cayce South Carolina
Mandy Jefferson | 06 February, 2018, 14:50

Two Amtrak workers were killed and more than 110 people were injured when the Amtrak train traveling from NY to Miami slammed into the freight train parked on a side track.

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

"So we wanted to get them out of the cold, get them out of the weather - get them to a warm place", Lexington County Sheriff's Department spokesman Adam Myrick said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is deploying investigators to the scene.

Officials also say roughly 5,000 gallons of fuel had spilled as a result of the crash, it is now being cleaned up.

Emergency crews attend to the site of a train collision near Pine Ridge, South Carolina. "In December, an Amtrak train careened off the rails in Washington State as it headed into a curve, spilling cars onto a busy highway and killing three people". Lexington Medical Center said they had received 27 patients, all with minor injuries, and they are all being discharged. The southbound Amtrak train collided with a northbound CSX freight train, which was stationary, causing the Amtrak train to derail.

Fisher added that given the side of the trains and the number of passengers aboard, "We should have had a lot more casualties, but we didn't".

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Temperatures were in the upper 30s when the incident occurred.

Speaking to reporters Sunday morning, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says 116 of the injured have been transported to local hospitals.

This is the second Amtrak incident in the USA in recent days.

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.

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

Train 91 arrived in Raleigh just after 9 p.m. Saturday, according to Amtrak.

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