South Carolina – Amtrak Train Collides with CSX Train
An Amtrak train carrying 139 passengers collided with a CSX freight train in Lexington County, South Carolina at around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. Two people were confirmed dead and approximately 70 were injured. EMS reportedly transported over 50 people to hospitals in the area. All passengers were removed from the train.
“The injuries range from cuts and bruises to severe broken bones. All the injured have been transported to local hospitals.” Derrec Becker, South Carolina Emergency Management Division public information officer
Update: The two persons killed on the Amrtrak train were Amtrak employees.
Amtrak train 91 had left Penn Station in New York en route to Miami, when it collided with a CSX freight train, and subsequently some of the cars derailed. Uninjured passengers were taken to a Middle School in the area to warm up. The Red Cross was assisting the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department with the process.
“We know they are shaken up quite a bit. We know this is like nothing else they have ever been through. So we wanted to get them out of the cold, get them out of the weather – get them to a warm place.” Adam Myrick, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department
The cause of the crash is unknown, and is under investigation.
— One News Page (@One_News_Page) February 4, 2018
BREAKING: 2 dead, 50 injured in Amtrak derailment in South Carolina. Train was traveling from NYC to Miami. We will update throughout the morning @ABC7NY
— Rob Nelson (@RobNelsonABC7) February 4, 2018
Another Amtrak disaster: Two confirmed dead, 70+ injured in Amtrak derailment near Columbia, South Carolina. 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled. https://t.co/GqqmD2Uf0L
— Mary Schiavo (@MarySchiavo) February 4, 2018
— Andrea Grymes (@AndreaGrymesTV) February 4, 2018
— Jenny Barron (@JennyWCVB) February 4, 2018
Injuries from #Amtrak derailment include small scratches, to severe broken bones. Derailment happened near Charleston Highway & Pine Ridge Drive between a freight train and passenger train @wachfox about 70 passengers sent to the hospital.
— Fraendy Clervaud (@FraendyNewsman) February 4, 2018
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