Train Crash Kills 2 In South Carolina

Train Crash Kills 2 In South Carolina

Train Crash Kills 2 In South Carolina

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said 116 people were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

In a statement earlier Sunday morning, Amtrak said the lead engine and some of the passenger cars had derailed.

"We know that they are shaken up quite a bit and this is unlike anything else they've ever been through before", said Capt. Adam Myrick with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department.

Lexington County sheriff Jay Koon said his officers arrived on the scene nearly immediately after the crash occurred, along with county emergency response crews who transported more than 100 people to local hospitals.

According to White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters, "The President has been briefed on the train accident in SC and is receiving regular updates".

In December, an Amtrak train derailed near DuPont in Washington state and hurtled off an overpass onto Interstate 5, killing three people. He had taken shelter with other passengers at the nearby Pine Ridge Middle School, where authorities were providing medical care.

Derek Pettaway, a passenger heading to Florida in one of Amtrak's rear cars, caught the incident on his smartphone.

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The injuries range from small scratches and bumps to broken bones. "The first engine of the freight train was torn up, and the single engine of the passenger train is barely recognizable". Hazmat teams were dispatched, and the fuel is not thought to be a danger, according to Lexington County authorities. The CSX freight train was empty, he said.

Amtrak, in a statement, wrote that it is "deeply saddened to report the death of two of our employees in this morning's derailment in Cayce, South Carolina".

The injured were in hospitals as emergency responders and police were working on the scene.

The collision is the second major crash for Amtrak in less than a week.

It is the third deadly wreck involving Amtrak in about two months.

An Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress to a West Virginia retreat slammed into a garbage truck Wednesday, leaving one dead and several wounded.

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