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Two dead, 70 injured in South Carolina train collision

Two dead, 70 injured in South Carolina train collision

Two Amtrak employees were killed and at least 100 other people were injured when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX freight train early Sunday morning in Cayce, South Carolina near Columbia.

A crash between an passenger train and a train in on Sunday killed two people and injured about 70 others, authorities said.

Amtrak train #91 was traveling from NY to Miami when it collided head-on with the CSX train derailing several cars on the passenger train.

It offers a bird's-eye view of the scene, giving a better idea of the magnitude of this powerful crash and the damage it caused. "There may be a timing factor".

- October 2, 2012: Two cars and the locomotive of an Amtrak train carrying about 169 passengers derailed after colliding with a semitrailer in California's Central Valley.

"More people were shocked than shaken from the crash", Pettaway said from the local Red Cross shelter where other train passengers were being transported. At least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries. The rest were treated and released.

Matthew Cheeseman, a schools superintendent from North Carolina, says he's very thankful that he and his family are OK.

Drone footage showed the locomotives of both trains crumpled, the Amtrak engine on its side. "The cafe auto that was right in front of us was in much worse shape so we were lucky".

Kinney said she and her boyfriend suffered minor injuries.

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".

Derek Pettaway was a passenger in one of the train's rear cars, headed for Orlando, he told CNN on Sunday morning.

We are grateful to the swift response provided by the Lexington County authorities and South Carolina Emergency Management Division. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, the firm said.

The passenger train was part of Amtrak' Silver Star Service, and the wreck occurred about 5 miles (8 km) southwest of the state's capital, Columbia. The train departed from Penn Station at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

President Trump has been briefed on the crash and is receiving regular updates, Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said Sunday morning. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident". Kempf was the engineer of the Amtrak train and Cella was the conductor of the train. The truck driver was killed.

In 2015, an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring more than 200.

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