Amtrak train crash kills 2 and injures 116
- Author: Megan Austin Feb 05, 2018,
Feb 05, 2018, 6:14
"For whatever reason, the switch was lined and locked, aligned for the train to be diverted into the sidiing", Sumwalt said.
They said the Amtrak was given verbal approval to take one track but points may have been wrongly set there, sending the Amtrak on to a side track and into the goods train.
Sunday's crash happened at 02:35 local time (07:35 GMT) in the town of Cayce, just outside the state capital, Columbia.
Lexington Medical Center said they received 27 patients with mostly minor injuries. Officials say there are also four buses available to take passengers from the crash to their intended destinations, given they are healthy enough to travel. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the two who died as the following 54-year-old Michael Kempf of Savannah, Georgia and 36-year-old Michael Cella of Orange Park, Florida.
The crash overnight Sunday caused the lead engine and some passenger cars to derail, Amtrak said in a statement.
Railroad companies have until the end of 2018 and possibly two more years afterward to implement PTC. CSX is the owner of the track but Amtrak uses the line.
Anderson said dispatchers at CSX were manually routing trains around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
The crash is still being investigated.
Walking with a limp, hours later, the Pamlico County, North Carolina, resident said he was dazed and didn't even know where he was when the train finally came to a complete stop.
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"I feel safer on a train than I do on an airplane", said Inglesby.
Amtrak officials said in a statement that they are "deeply saddened" by the deaths of its employees and that the agency is cooperating fully with the National Transportation Safety Board in its investigation of the crash.
Amtrak Train 91 was carrying 139 passengers and eight crew members to Miami from NY when it hit the freight train at about 2.35 am local time (0735 GMT) near Columbia, South Carolina's state capital, and derailed, the railroad said in a statement.
About 5,000 gallons of fuel were spilled, authorities estimated, but Cahill said there was "no threat to the public at the time". The cause is under investigation; nearby residents have said the crossing arms had been known to malfunction.
"My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims in this mornings train collision in South Carolina", Trump said. "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done!"
Both men were in the first auto, the engine vehicle, when the collision occurred, the coroner said.
"Nobody was panicking", he said. Eventually he was shuttled to a middle school with other passengers.
Sunday's deadly crash of a Miami-bound Amtrak train into the back of a CSX freight train in SC is the second fatal crash in a week.