Amtrak Train Crashes in South Carolina;Two Fatalities and More Than 100 Injured

Marie Harrington
February 5, 2018

TWO Amtrak employees were killed and more than 100 other people were injured early yesterday when a passenger train carrying 147 people hit a freight train in the USA state of SC, said authorities.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said the CSX freight train was on a loading side track "where it was supposed to be" before the collision and the Amtrak train was "on the wrong side". An NTSB official declined to say if the accident was the fault of CSX, but noted that CSX is responsible for maintaining proper track position. And it may be a time factor, but that's what it appears to me.

Amtrak said the lead engine and a few passenger cars derailed on Train 91. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the men as 54-year-old Michael Kempf of Savannah, Georgia and 36-year-old Michael Cella of Orange Park, Florida.

Kinney said she and her boyfriend suffered minor injuries.

Passengers aboard the Amtrak train that slammed into a freight train before dawn Sunday described being jolted from slumber as seats ripped away, awakening to screams and crying.

This is not the only accident of the Amtrak that has occurred.

Eyewitnesses have told NTSB investigators the truck driver was seen trying to snake his way through the crossing gates, despite signals that included lights warning of the oncoming train, two sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

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Three fatal crashes of Amtrak trains in as many months are raising serious concerns about rail safety nationwide. Instead, it took it off to a siding track where the CSX train was parked. The Palmetto Health hospital system received 62 patients from the crash.

"Currently there is one patient that is in critical condition, there are two others that are in serious and a few others that are now being evaluated for possible serious conditions", he said.

"They can't get it to work", Beall said.

The majority of his patients had not sustained life-threatening injuries. Most injuries ranged from scratches to broken bones. "So yall have to make other accommodations", Winston said. He said the engine of the Amtrak train was "barely recognizable." because of the force of the collision. There is no threat to the public, they say.

It was the second major Amtrak incident in less than a week.

U.S. Senator Tim Scott tweeted: My prayers are with the families of those killed in the train crash in Lexington County this morning, and hoping for the best for all those injured.

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