2 dead, more than 100 hurt in Amtrak crash in Cayce

Lucy Bush
February 5, 2018

Authorities investigate the scene of a fatal Amtrak train crash in Cayce, South Carolina, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

An Amtrak train going from NY city to Miami crashed with a CSX freight train very early Sunday morning hours in Lexington District, Southern Carolina, triggering the lead locomotive and several passenger cars to D-Rail. Of the 139 people on the Amtrak train, McMaster said 116 were taken to hospitals for treatment.

It was the third deadly wreck involving Amtrak in less than two months.

The Amtrak Train 91 was travelling through Cayce at around 2.35 a.m. when it collided with a CSX freight train, with its lead engine and several passenger cars derailed in the impact, said Amtrak in a statement. "But once we got there and found that she was safe, I just thank God that she was safe".

Anderson said the passenger train hit the tail end of the CSX train.

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When they arrived, they saw passengers lined up beside the train. He said he heard screams all around him as he tried to get out. Other passengers were bleeding.

The CSX train was stationary on the tracks, "awaiting a later movement", when the collision occurred, Gov. Henry McMaster said in a press conference Sunday morning. "Did this just happen?'" she said.

McMaster said it appeared the Amtrak train was on the wrong track, although an investigation would determine the precise cause.

The NTSB has said PTC was not yet functional on the locomotive. He also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the S.C. Highway patrol's accident reconstruction (MAIT) team are investigating the crash.

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Eugene Lyons, a pastor, and his wife, Dorothy, were killed in Nash County, North Carolina when an Amtrak train hit their SUV on January 14, CNN affiliate WNCN reported. Alternative modes of transportation have been provided to take them to their destinations, local authorities said. Most injuries ranged from scratches to broken bones. Everyone was off the train, and the Red Cross was assisting them, the department said on its website. The train was carrying 147 passengers.

He added: "It's a terrible thing to see, to understand what force was involved".

- April 3, 2016: Two maintenance workers were struck and killed by an Amtrak train going more than 100 miles per hour in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Sumwalt said the switch was supposed to allow the Amtrak train to continue traveling in a roughly a straight line. One was the Amtrak train engineer, 54-year-old Michael Kempf of Savannah, GA; the other person killed was the Amtrak conductor, 36-year-old Michael Cella from Orange Park, Florida.

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

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

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