Amtrak Blames Freight Rail Operator for Fatal Crash in South Carolina
Amtrak Blames Freight Rail Operator for Fatal Crash in South Carolina
2 dead, more than 100 hurt in South Carolina train crash
06 February, 2018, 14:48
Two Amtrak employees were killed early yesterday when an Amtrak train collided with a CSXtrain parked on a siding near Cayce, South Carolina. According to a statement from the governor, 116 people involved in the crash were transported to local hospitals.
Two hours after the crash, deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters said: "The president has been briefed on the train accident in SC and is receiving regular updates".
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"My train was the one that derailed in SC, but I was in the last auto and it stayed on the track".
The Amtrak train's lead engine, as well as some passenger cars, were derailed.
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"The first engine of the freight train, of course, was torn up and the single engine of the passenger train, the Amtrak train, which was headed south was barely recognisable". Epps said in a statementmost passengers appeared to have suffered minor injuries and would likely be treated and released without being admitted. It is unclear how serious the other injuries are.
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 is the third deadly wreck involving Amtrak in less than two months.
The southbound Amtrak train collided with a northbound CSX freight train, which was stationary, causing the Amtrak train to derail, according to Margaret Fisher. Wednesday, a train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat in West Virginia hit a trash truck outside of Charlottesville, Va. Investigators looking into the crash are focusing on the actions of the driver of a truck, a source with knowledge of the investigation toldCNN.
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The CSX train was stationary at the time of the collision and appeared to be empty at the time of the crash, officials said. Sumwalt said the switch was supposed to allow the Amtrak train to continue traveling in a roughly a straight line.
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