South Carolina Amtrak crash: Deaths, scores injured after trains collide

South Carolina Amtrak crash: Deaths, scores injured after trains collide

South Carolina Amtrak crash: Deaths, scores injured after trains collide

Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said the trains collided in Cayce around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

Two people are dead and over a hundred are injured after an Amtrak train, carrying around 147 passengers and travelling from NY to Miami, crashed into a freight train in SC.

Among the passengers on the train was Philadelphia man Derek Pettaway, who posted on social media to tell his friends and family he was safe.

USA media reported injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to broken bones.

Amtrak Train 91 was reportedly traveling from NY to Miami with 139 passengers onboard when it collided with a CSX freight train around 2:35 a.m.

Amtrak said CSX is responsible for maintaining signals on that stretch of rail, which is located southwest of Columbia, the state's capital. "Additional information will be made available as details of the incident are confirmed".

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McMaster said he counted more than 30 people being served coffee and breakfast by the Red Cross at Pine Ridge Middle School, that had been set up as a shelter.

One of the injured was in critical condition, and two were listed as serious, with the rest having minor injuries like cuts and bruises, said Steve Shelton, Palmetto health director of emergency preparedness.

The National Transportation Safety Board had been called to investigate.

US president Donald Trump has been following the situation from Washington, D.C., according to a statement from the White House.

Local police force, the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, confirmed the fatalities were on the passenger train.

Two people are dead and 70 others are injured.

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"We continue to send our thoughts to those impacted by the bad train accident this morning in Cayce", he said.

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

Officials added that although 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled following the crash, the leak was contained and there was no danger to the public. Fisher says she feels fortunate more people didn't die.

Amtrak said in a statement that the lead engine derailed along with some passenger cars.

McMaster said the CSX freight train was stationary and "awaiting a later movement" at the time it was struck by the passenger train - which was traveling at approximately 60 miles per hour.

This is a developing story; check back for more updates.

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The crash comes several days after an Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress hit a garbage truck in Virginia.

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