Gov. McMaster: 2 Killed, 116 Injured in Amtrak Collision

BREAKING NEWS: Two dead and 50 passengers are injured as Amtrak train smashes into freight carriages in South Carolina

A Miami-bound Amtrak train appeared to be on the wrong track when it collided with a freight train in SC early Sunday morning, killing two people and injuring 116, authorities said, but officials with the passenger railroad said the freight line controls signalling and dispatch on the tracks.

All but about 20 of the train's 139 passengers were taken to local hospitals after the crash, which took place west of Columbia at about 2:35 a.m., The State reported.

"It appears that the Amtrak was on the wrong track", McMaster said Sunday.

McMaster said he had been told the Amtrak train's speed was about 59 miles (95 kilometres) per hour upon impact, although the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the crash. He said it may have been a time factor, but that more will be confirmed as the investigation continues.

Amtrak said in a statement that the lead engine derailed, along with some passenger cars.

The two people killed in the accident were both Amtrak employees: the train's engineer, 54-year-old Michael Kempf, and the conductor, 36-year-old Michael Cella.

"She said she was just waiting on somebody to get to her", Neblett said, noting she was to have been picked up by a family member in Denmark, a community in SC.




Accident details of Amtrak Passenger Train 91. Positive Train Control, according to sources, likely would've prevented the crash.

The collision is the second major crash for Amtrak in less than a week. He said he asked her to repeat herself three times when she said her train had derailed.

One person at Palmetto Heath was in critical condition, while two were in serious condition.

The red-cross pointed out its own skilled volunteers as well as personnel were also taking action.

"Minor scratches and bruises but really just traumatized by the whole experience", he said.

Shelton added the "majority" of patients did not sustain life-threatening injuries. Most of the train cars appear to be in decent shape until the drone reaches the engine vehicle at the front.

The passenger said his leg was injured in the collision, and he was put on crutches as he waited to be evaluated. Hazmat responded to the spill and there is no further threat to the public. Today's wreck was the third fatal Amtrak incident since mid-December. Just a few days back i.e. on 31st January 2018 at 11:20 am ET, an Amtrak carrying the Republican Members of Congress alongwith their staff for a Political Retreat, collides with a Tractor/ Trailer in Virginia. One of the truck's passengers was killed in the collision.

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