Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Two dead in collision between passenger, freight trains in S. Carolina

Two dead in collision between passenger, freight trains in S. Carolina

An Amtrak Passenger train with 147 passengers collided with the Goods train. Authorities said they have not determined if both trains were moving or if the Amtrak train was diverted on to a side track.

Victims injured in the 2:35 a.m. crash were transported to local hospitals for treatment, while those who weren't hurt huddled at an elementary school.

The two people who died were the train conductor and engineer, the county coroner said. Kempf was from Savannah, George, and Cella from Orange Park, Florida, Fisher said.

"We continue to send our thoughts to those impacted by the bad train accident this morning in Cayce", he said. One vehicle in the middle of the Amtrak train was snapped in half, forming a V off to one side of the tracks.

"Our information - and this is subject to correction - is that this was not the main (train) line", McMaster said.

The crash happened by a rail yard about 10 miles south of Columbia, where several track spurs split off for freight cars to be unloaded. "That's subject to verification".

This is the third deadly Amtrak accident in a matter of weeks.

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation.

CSX owns and controls the Columbia Subdivision tracks where the crash occurred and is responsible for overseeing the dispatching of trains and signal systems, local media reported quoting Anderson.

The system is in place in the north east, but railroads that operate tracks used by Amtrak elsewhere in the U.S. have got extensions to the deadlines.

In December, an Amtrak train derailed in Washington state, leaving three people dead and dozens injured. "So we want to find out why this switch was in this position". A Positive Train Control system on at this location would have likely prevented the crash. Still others are being evaluated for serious conditions.

Shelton added that the "majority" of patients did not sustain life-threatening injuries. Most of those were minor injuries. Many were treated for cuts and bruises and were released, while two others were admitted, spokeswoman Jennifer Wilson said.

A Federal Railroad Administration Investigative team was also on the scene in SC to help establish what happened.

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