Two people dead after South Carolina Amtrak crash

At least two people are dead and 50 others injured after a passenger train collided with a freight train in South Carolina
At least two people are dead and 50 others injured after a passenger train collided with a freight train in South Carolina
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05 February, 2018

The locomotive and a passenger vehicle spilled down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people.

The two people killed in the accident were both Amtrak employees: the train's engineer, 54-year-old Michael Kempf, and the conductor, 36-year-old Michael Cella.

A computer system called Positive Train Control (PTC), which the sources said could have prevented the crash, was not in operation in the area.

Railroad companies have until the end of 2018 and possibly two more years afterward to implement PTC.

"The sound was so loud, you instantly knew it was bad", Smith said.

This is not the only accident of the Amtrak that has occurred. "CSX controls the dispatching of all trains, including directing the signal systems which control the access to sidings and yards", the statement said. "But I defer to those who are experts in that and do have the correct information, but it appears that Amtrak was on the wrong track".

"We are cooperating fully with the NTSB, which is leading the investigation, as well as working with FRA and CSX", Amtrak said.

"I feel safer on a train than I do on an airplane", said Inglesby.

The National Transportation Safety Board was at Sunday's crash site and will investigate the cause of the wreck.

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The Amtrak train travelling between NY and Miami collided with the CSX freight train and derailed in Cayce, near Columbia, the state's capital, at around 2.30am yesterday. That train had two locomotives and 34 empty auto racks used to transport cars, the NTSB said. Investigators are still examining what caused a December 18 derailment on an overpass between Seattle and Portland, Ore., killing three. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this incident", Deputy White House Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement. "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done".

"It knocked us around and we got bumped into the wall from the impact and the train derailed".

At least four of the freight train's cars were crumpled, looking like crushed tinfoil, but remained on the tracks.

The passenger said the feeling was very eerie and that it went completely silent before he heard the boom and then screams. "I think it really (says) a lot about the state of Amtrak and the state of public transportation". Stranded passengers are being sheltered and fed at a nearby school.

Officials said the fatalities were employees on the train, which carried a total of 140 people.

The Amtrak train that crashed in SC on Sunday, killing two people and injuring more than 100, passed through Raleigh and Cary Saturday night.

Anderson added that the Amtrak train was supposed to be on the main line "just east of the collision". Last week, an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck. Just one individual on the motor-truck was actually killed.

In mid-January, a pastor and his wife were killed in Nash County in North Carolina when their SUV was hit by an Amtrak train, according to CNN affiliate WNCN. It appears the SUV had driven around the lowered crossing arm, WNCN reported.


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