At least two dead in USA train collision

Columbia train crash

An Amtrak train traveling from NY to Miami crashed into a freight train early Sunday, killing at least two people, injuring at least 116 others.

McMaster also confirmed that the deceased were both members of the Amtrak crew.

Second accident of Amtrak in a Week and third in a month.


The Amtrak Train 91 was traveling between NY and Miami with a nine crew members and 147 people aboard when it collided with the CSX freight train in Cayce about 2:35 a.m. Sunday, derailing the lead engine and some of the seven passenger cars, Sumwalt said. The crash happened near a stretch of tracks by a rail yard about 10 miles south of Columbia, where several track spurs split off for freight cars to be unloaded. "But once we got there and found that she was safe, I just thank God that she was safe".

"Nobody was panicking", said Pettaway, who was discharged from a hospital with minor whiplash.

Numerous passengers were asleep when the crash jolted them awake.

A seat came loose due to the crash and hit Dorsey, 43, in the legs, Neblett said. Other passengers were bleeding.

"It appears Amtrak was on the wrong track", SC governor Henry McMaster told a news conference. He said he was suddenly awakened as he felt the train suddenly leave the tracks as it hit a curve. The NTSB said it was working to confirm that.

"I thought it was a little odd", Larkin said of the request.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims involved in this mornings train collision in SC.

"That's what it's created to do", he said, referring to technology that regulators have been pressing for for decades with mixed success.

Injuries range from scratches to broken bones.

The first-grader, who was holding a stuffed giraffe, said she and her mom prayed about the people who were hurt in the crash and hope they get better. Most of the train cars appear to be in decent shape until the drone reaches the engine auto at the front.

"It's a frightful thing to see - to understand the force that this involved", Mr. McMaster said.

It's not yet clear why the two trains collided.

Sumwalt said the crash could have been avoided if positive train control or PTC technology, which can automatically show down a speeding train, had been in place.

The crash happened near a switchyard south of Columbia where railcars hauling automobiles are loaded and unloaded.

"It's regrettable that we have two fatalities".

- January 31, 2018: A chartered Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress to a strategy retreat crashed into a garbage truck at a crossing in rural Virginia, killing one person in the truck and injuring two others.

The two people who were killed were Amtrak employees, according to South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

"We are deeply saddened to report the death of two of our employees in this morning's derailment", Amtrak said in a statement.

The Savannah, Georgia-bound train departed from New York City, Amtrak officials said.

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