South Carolina Amtrak Crash Photos: Full Story & Must-See Details

Casey Dawson
February 5, 2018

At least two people were killed and another 70 injured after an Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train in the southeastern USA state of SC early Sunday, officials said.

The Amtrak 91 was going from Miami to NY when it crashed into a CSX Goods train in Cayce in SC. It appears Amtrak was on the wrong track. And it may be a time factor, but that's what it appears to me.

The lead engine and several passenger carriages of Amtrak Train 91, which was operating from NY to Miami, derailed after coming "in contact" with the freight train, Amtrak said in an emailed statement.

The crash overnight Sunday caused the lead engine and some passenger cars to derail, Amtrak said in a statement.

Michael, 36, of Orange Park, Fla., loved his job on the rails and "was a great friend, son, father, husband and brother", John Paul said.

"They weren't supposed to be meeting, clearly", McMaster said.

Both men were in the first auto, the engine vehicle, when the collision occurred, the coroner said. The train was carrying eight crew members and 139 passengers.

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

The American Red Cross sent rescue workers to the scene of the collision, and emergency services say all passengers have been evacuated from the train.

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"It's a terrible thing to see, to understand the force this involved", McMaster said, referring to the crash site.

Tom Allen with the Office of Regulatory Staff said that two trains on the same track is a problem.

Anderson said the passenger train hit the tail end of the CSX train.

In the US, a person or vehicle gets hit by a train every three hours, accounting for 96% of rail fatalities, according to the Rail Passengers Association, which has been pushing Congress to boost safety funding.

Governor Henry McMaster press conferance on deadly train crash. "I think people were more in shock", Pettaway said in an interview with CNN. In late January, an Amtrak train carrying Republican members of the US Congress killed one person in a garbage truck with which it collided in Virginia.

"At 2:30 in the morning, we were thrown across the room and were awakened to loud sounds and metal moving", Cheeseman said.

Governor McMaster has been briefed on the situation, and National Transportation Safely Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt is on scene to investigate the accident.

Second accident of Amtrak in a Week and third in a month.

. He could not confirm if any of the injuries were life-threatening.

A spokesperson for South Carolina Emergency Management Division earlier revealed that the injuries range from small scratches and bumps to broken bones.

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