2 dead, almost 100 injured in Amtrak train crash


The train was en route from NY to Miami; Amtrak said eight crew members and 139 passengers were on board.

A padlock held the switch in its alignment, which is standard procedure when switches are manually operated, Sumwalt said.

Red Cross officials said they will stay open as long as needed. That will help investigators determine what happened in the 2:30 a.m. collision, including whether the train braked or was exceeding the 59 miles per hour speed limit, he said.

Palmetto Health emergency room doctor Eric Brown said the hospital quickly changed a tent they were using as a waiting room to keep people away from patients with the flu into a triage area to diagnosis the injured Sunday. The locomotive and a passenger auto spilled down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people.

The dead Amtrak workers have been named as engineer Michael Kempf, 54, from Georgia, and conductor Michael Cella, 36, of Florida.

U.S. passenger rail operator Amtrak has accused freight company CSX of causing a deadly crash in SC on early Sunday morning, Sputnik reported.

A Tampa woman riding aboard this mornings crashed Amtrak train thought, at first, it might have been a dream. Railroad companies have until the end of 2018 - or, the railroads are granted an extension, until the end of 2020 - to implement PTC. "I didnt know.until I saw the cars all buckled up", Winston said.

"CSX owns and controls the Columbia Subdivision where the accident occurred".

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More than 70 people were injured and taken to hospitals when the Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train near Cayce on Sunday morning.

"We are deeply saddened to report the death of two of our employees in this morning's derailment in Cayce, South Carolina", Amtrak said in a statement. We remain focused on providing assistance and support to those impacted by today's incident. Richard Blumenthal of CT said the nation's railroads must be made safer, declaring, "Business as usual must end".

A statement released by Amtrak noted that the organization is cooperating with a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into the fatal crash. The Silver Star was en route from NY to Miami with almost 150 people aboard when it struck the empty CSX train around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. She described the scene as chaotic when the trains collided. The CSX freight train engine was also damaged considerably.

According to police, several thousand gallons of fuel spilled as a result of the crash. He told the investigators he had planned to start braking about a mile before an upcoming curve with a 30-mph speed restriction at milepost 19.8, the agency said. "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done!" The train was carrying 147 passengers.

"Nobody was panicking", he said. "I think it really (says) a lot about the state of Amtrak and the state of public transportation". Most of those were minor injuries.

Before being sent on their way, those who were not hurt were taken to a shelter set up at a middle school, and local businesses provided coffee and breakfast. There were 8 crew members and approximately 139 passengers.

This is the second major crash involving their trains in less than a week. On Wednesday, a train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat slammed into a garbage truck in rural Virginia. It appears the SUV had driven around the lowered crossing arm, WNCN reported.

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