South Carolina Train Crash Injures 70, Kills 2

An aerial view of the site of an early morning train crash Sunday Feb. 4 2018 between an Amtrak train bottom right and a CSX freight train top left in Cayce SC. The Amtrak passenger train slammed into a freight train in the early morning darkness S

An Amtrak train operating between NY and Miami collided with a CSX freight train in SC on Sunday, killing two Amtrak crew members and injuring 116 others. The lead engine and a few passenger cars came off the tracks on Amtrak 91, which was traveling from NY to Miami.

Amtrak Train 91 collided with a CSX freight train around 2:35 a.m. Sunday in Cayce, South Carolina. In December, three people were killed after a company train derailed in Washington.

The train, which was traveling from NY to Miami, appeared to be on the wrong track, Gov. Henry McMaster (R-S.C.) said at a news conference.

"The injuries range from cuts and bruises to severe broken bones, "said Derrec Becker, public information officer for South Carolina Emergency Management Division". There were about 70 passengers that were transported to local area hospitals for various injuries.

The Lexington County sheriff's department said all passengers had been taken off the train.

It added: "Amtrak is working to take care of everyone who was on the train, including family members of our passengers and crew".

Authorities investigate the scene of a fatal Amtrak train crash in Cayce South Carolina Sunday Feb. 4 2018. At least two were killed and dozens injured
2 dead, more than 100 hurt in South Carolina train crash

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

It appeared to McMaster that the Amtrak train was not traveling on the right track at the time of the crash.

After the crash, law enforcement officials and emergency crews responded to the scene to free the passengers from the wreckage and transport them to a nearby middle school for shelter.

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation.

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

The latest fatal crash on America's rail network is the seventh since 2013 and the second in a week - after an Amtrak carrying members of Congress collided with a truck in Virginia on Wednesday. They were in a sleeper auto near the back of the train at the time of the crash.

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