2 dead, 50 injured in Amtrak train crash

05 February, 2018, 03:02 | Author: Andrea Terry
  • 2 dead, 50 injured in Amtrak train crash

The Silver Star was on its way from NY to Miami with almost 150 people aboard about 2.45am on Sunday (Sunday night NZ Time) when it ploughed into the CSX train at an estimated 95kmh, Governor Henry McMaster said.

The crash happened near a rail yard about 10 miles south of Columbia, where several track spurs split off for freight cars to be unloaded.

The Amtrak train, which was operating between NY and Miami, had 139 passengers and eight crew members on board.

In December, an Amtrak train in Washington state derailed while crossing an overpass, spilling cars onto a busy highway and killing three people.

The Amtrak 91 was going from Miami to NY when it crashed into a CSX Goods train in Cayce in SC. Eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured when the locomotive and four of the train's seven passenger cars jumped the tracks.

South Carolina's Red Cross chapter tweeted that emergency responders were at the scene.

A CSX spokesman confirmed the incident and said additional information would be made available as details are confirmed.

Two people died and 116 others were injured. Lexington County authorities have been notified and are responding to the incident.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims involved in this mornings train collision in SC.

Donna also said she recently retired to spend more time with her family.


"Passengers who were not transported to local area hospitals with injuries were transported to a nearby shelter", Lexington County said in a later statement. The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that a team of investigators are en route to the crash site.

The governor said investigators have yet to determine how the Amtrak train ended up on that stretch of track.

"We know they are shaken up quite a bit".

A chartered train carrying dozens of Republican Congress members struck a garbage truck in Crozet, Va., killing one person and seriously injuring one other on Wednesday.

"I think everybody was more in shock than anything else", Pettaway said.

We are grateful to the swift response provided by the Lexington County authorities and South Carolina Office Emergency Management Division.

This is a developing story; check back for more updates.

"His thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this awful tragedy", said McMaster's spokesman, Bryan Symmes.

Sumwalt said the switch was supposed to allow the Amtrak train to continue traveling in a roughly a straight line.

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