Head-On Collision Kills 2 Amtrak Workers, Over 100 Others Injured

Head-On Collision Kills 2 Amtrak Workers, Over 100 Others Injured

Head-On Collision Kills 2 Amtrak Workers, Over 100 Others Injured

Amtrak said the train carrying 139 passengers and eight crew was travelling between NY and Miami when it hit the other train, operated by CSX, and derailed near Columbia on Sunday morning.

Amtrak officials said about 70 people were taken to local hospitals with a variety of injuries, including cuts and broken bones.

"The lead engine derailed, as well as some passenger cars" after the impact, Amtrak said in a statement. According to McMaster, there were multiple train tracks at the location of the crash.

An Eastern Carolina school superintendent and his family were among the survivors on that Amtrak train that crashed in SC.

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

"There was a train collision and derailment near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge drive between a freight train and passenger train".

Amtrak said 139 passengers and eight staff members were aboard the train.

Lexington County coroner Margaret Fisher confirmed the fatalities in an email to the Associated Press.

Among the passengers on the train was Philadelphia man Derek Pettaway, who posted on social media to tell his friends and family he was safe. In the darkness of the early morning, the Amtrak train slammed right into the freight train.

The injured were in hospitals as emergency responders and police were working on the scene.

"Weather conditions at nearby Columbia metro airport showed that it was dry with a visibility of about 10 miles around the time of the incident", said meteorologist Chris Dolce.

It was the third deadly wreck involving Amtrak in less than two months.

Train 91 arrived in Raleigh just after 9 p.m. Saturday, according to Amtrak.

The collision came less than a week after at least one person died when an Amtrak train carrying members of Congress hit a garbage truck near Charlottesville, Virginia. The driver of the truck was killed and three sanitation workers were injured.

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