Train crash in South Carolina kills two, injures 70

Bill Rogers
February 6, 2018

The train, carrying about 140 passengers and traveling from NY to Miami, collided with a CSX freight train in Cayce, a small town southwest of Columbia around 2:35 a.m.

In the early morning hours, on February 4, 2018, an Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train near Cayce, South Carolina. According to reports, the train had about 140 passengers and eight crew members on board when the crash occurred. In December, three people were killed after a company train derailed in Washington.

County Coroner Margaret Fisher confirmed two people had died in the collision.

The Silver Star was on its way from NY to Miami with almost 150 people aboard around 2:45 a.m. when it plowed into the CSX train at an estimated 59 miles per hour, Gov. Henry McMaster said. On Wednesday a train carrying Republican members of Congress hit a garbage truck in rural Virginia, killing one of the truck's passengers.

Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill could not say if the two people killed were on the passenger train or the freight train. Responders trained to deal hazardous materials have been called to the scene. No immediate information is available about the CSX train. They were identified as train engineer Michael Kempf, 54, from Savannah, Ga., and conductor Michael Cella, 36, Orange Park, Fla.

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The President tweeted: "My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of this morning's train collision in SC". The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

A shelter and reception site were set up by the American Red Cross at nearby Pine Ridge Middle School.

All passengers were evacuated early Sunday morning, transporting at least 70 people to local hospitals. They estimate that 5,000 gallons of fuel leaked from the freight train as a result.

Donald Trump praised the emergency services and said his thoughts were with all the victims involved. The southbound Amtrak train collided with a northbound CSX freight train, which was stationary, causing the Amtrak train to derail.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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