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Train Crash Kills 2, At Least 70 Injured In South Carolina

Train Crash Kills 2, At Least 70 Injured In South Carolina

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.

A former Carolina Panther's mother was among those injured in a deadly crash involving a freight train and an Amtrak passenger train early Sunday in SC, according to WSOC.

The statement said that there were eight crew member and approximately 139 passengers, with injuries reported.

The two people who died were aboard the Amtrak train, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher confirmed.

An Amtrak train was travelling south from NY to Miami early Sunday when it collided with a freight train. The railroad company said that the lead engine and some of the passenger cars had come off the tracks.

Amtrak set up a passenger information line at 1-800-523-9101.




Local officials said there were fuel leaks from the train, and about 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled, but according to Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill, those leaks have been secured and there is no threat to the public. Last week, an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia hit a garbage truck in Virginia, leaving one dead and two seriously injured. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be sending a team to the crash site, according to a statement given by Amtrak early Sunday afternoon.

After the crash, law enforcement officials and emergency crews responded to the scene to free the passengers from the wreckage and transport them to a nearby middle school for shelter. There were about 70 passengers that were transported to local area hospitals for various injuries.

Donald Trump praised the emergency services and said his thoughts were with all the victims involved.

On social media, some passengers shared images of the aftermath of the collision. He added, "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done!"

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


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