At least 2 dead, 70 injured in SC train crash
- Author: Aubrey Nash Feb 05, 2018,
Feb 05, 2018, 3:01
CSX owns and controls the Columbia Subdivision where the accident occurred. Amtrak did not address the cause but said CSX maintains all the tracks and signal systems where the accident happened and controls access to the sidings and yards.
If you are concerned that you knew anyone on the Amtrak train, you are asked to call their support line at 1-800-523-9101. Lexington County authorities have been notified and are responding to the incident.
An Amtrak train going from NY city to Miami crashed with a CSX freight train very early Sunday morning hours in Lexington District, Southern Carolina, triggering the lead locomotive and several passenger cars to D-Rail.
Michael Kempf, 54, an Amtrak conductor and 36-year-old Michael Cella, an Amtrak engineer, were killed in the crash, according to Lexington County, S.C. coroner Margaret Fisher. "The crew came through really quickly and got everyone detrained in a really calm fashion". The passenger train's lead engine and several cars derailed after impact. The Amtrak passenger train was travelling between NY and Miami with 139 passengers and eight crew members on board. Injuries have been reported, Amtrak said. Smith and his friend walked to the crash site and saw passengers of all ages beginning to exit the train.
The governor of SC said the two people killed in the crash were Amtrak personnel and 116 people were taken to area hospitals.
Amtrak 91 - traveling the "Silver Star" route from Boston to Miami - collided with a CSX freight train shortly after 2:30 a.m. EST.
The southbound passenger train's locomotive was lying on its side, and the first auto was bent and also derailed, although it remained upright, according to images from the scene in the small city of Cayce, South Carolina. The photo above was released by the Lexington Sheriff's Department.
Palmetto Health Director of Emergency Preparedness Dr Steve Shelton said one patient was in critical condition and two were in serious conditions, with the rest suffering minor injuries. "The Amtrak crew was really great".
National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on their way to SC.