Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Train crash kills 2 in SC

Columbia train crash PH ON THE CASE Emergency services attend the scene near Columbia South Carolina
Andrew Cummings | 05 February, 2018, 06:14

TWO Amtrak employees were killed and more than 100 other people were injured early yesterday when a passenger train carrying 147 people hit a freight train in the U.S. state of SC, said authorities.

Speaking in a phone conference call with reporters, Anderson says the crash of the train heading from NY to Miami shows why the US needs to install GPS-based technology - called positive train control - by year's end.

The two people killed were Amtrak employees, according to South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

The CSX train was stationary at the time of the collision and appeared to be empty at the time of the crash, officials said. Her injuries were minor, but waiting for help in the dark was terrifying, she told Neblett.

The Lexington County Sheriff's Department confirmed all passengers had been evacuated from the Amtrak train.

Richard Anderson, Amtrak CEO and president, told CNN's Rene Marsh that the signal system along the section of track where the crash occurred was down and the tracks were being manually controlled by CSX.

He went to work for CSX once he got out of the Army, and spent between eight or nine years first as a conductor and then as a certified engineer, Rich Kempf told the News.

Sumwalt said the switch was supposed to allow the Amtrak train to continue traveling in a roughly a straight line. He said Amtrak and transportation and rail officials have to invest more in technology to make the crossings safer and educate people about them.

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He added: "It's a disgusting thing to see, to understand what force was involved".

Earlier reports that the CSX train was carrying diesel fuel were incorrect. One of the patients is in critical condition and two others are in serious condition.

Shelton added the "majority" of patients did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

The engineer saw the 30-mph sign at the entrance to the curve and applied the brakes shortly before the train derailed, tumbling off the overpass as it entered the curve, the NTSB said. "We have anything from small scratches and bumps to more severe broken bones, so they kind of run the gamut in between that", Lexigton County PIO, Harrison Cahill said. Hazmat responded to the spill and there is no further threat to the public.

"Everyone was just supporting each other, thanking God that they were all survivors", Fakorede said. Today's wreck was the third fatal Amtrak incident since mid-December.

Last week, an Amtrak train carrying members of Congress to a Republican retreat in West Virginia struck a truck near Charlottesville, Virginia.

- June 24, 2011: A truck slammed into the side of an Amtrak California Zephyr train at a rural crossing 70 miles east of Reno, Nevada, killing six people and injuring dozens.

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