At least 2 die in Amtrak collision in South Carolina

- Februari 04, 2018

An Amtrak train traveling from New York to Miami collided with a CSX freight train Sunday morning and derailed in South Carolina, killing two and injuring dozens, according to local law enforcement.

The Amtrak train carrying eight crew members and an estimated 139 passengers "came into contact" with the freight train around 2:35 a.m. in Cayce, S.C., Amtrak said in a statement. The lead engine and some passenger cars derailed, the railroad said.

The Lexington County sheriff's department said on Twitter that two people were killed and more than 50 were taken to hospitals. The Associated Press said the fatalities were Amtrak passengers.

Sunday's crash is the third fatal Amtrak crash within six weeks and comes less than a week after a chartered train carrying GOP lawmakers hit a trash truck in Crozet, Va., killing one of the truck's occupants. In December, an Amtrak train careened off the rails in Washington State as it headed into a curve, spilling cars onto a busy highway and killing three people.

The latest crash occurred near a rail yard where tracks split away from the main thoroughfare to an area where freight cars can be offloaded, The Associated Press reported. The outlet said authorities don't yet know whether both trains were moving or if the Amtrak train had been diverted to the side rails.

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a team of investigators to the scene. The Federal Railroad Administration and DOT did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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