Two people died in train collision in SC

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The accident happened Sunday morning, as the Amtrak train carried passengers from NY to Miami.

Mr. Kempf, an Amtrak engineer from Savannah, Ga., was among two railroad employees killed as Train 91 from NY to Miami rolled through the SC countryside early Sunday morning before crashing into a prone freight train.

Sumwalt says investigators spoke to the CSX crew that left a switch in position to divert the passenger train off the main line, but he hadn't been briefed on what they said.

A deadly Amtrak train crash in SC this weekend has ignited renewed debate on GPS-based positive train control that experts say could have prevented it.

Comer told News 5 delays in complete national implementation of positive train control systems, which use GPS to monitor train and track conditions, is a huge issue.

On Sunday, while more than 100 train passengers were sleeping, a head on collision gave them a rude awakening. He said investigators recovered a camera from the front of the Amtrak train and were looking for the data recorders from the two trains. Lives were lost, many people were hurt.

CSX released a statement Monday saying it was working with the NTSB.

On Jan. 6, 2005, a Norfolk Southern Railway Company freight train came to an improperly lined switch in Graniteville around 2:39 a.m.

A signal may have alerted the Amtrak conductor that the switch was in the wrong position, but the signal was off while CSX, which owns the tracks, upgraded it for PTC, Sumwalt said.

There are growing safety concerns about traveling on Amtrak trains after several recent fatal accidents.

Suddenly awake, Larkin said the train was shaking and jumping and his seat broke loose, slamming him into the row in front of him.

Because Amtrak has installed PTC on the tracks it owns but is forced to use tracks owned by others, "this is a case where Amtrak is not 100 percent in control of its own destiny", says Allan Zarembski, a University of DE expert on railroad safety.

"It's a terrible thing to see, to understand the force involved", the governor said after touring the scene. On the other hand, the CSX train was parked on the side track when the Amtrak crashed towards it at 59 miles per hour approximately. "Theoretically, an operative PTC system would include switches in addition to signals, so it would cover both speed and switches", Anderson said.

"Any time you have anything that happens like that, you expect more fatalities".

"I was supposed to be on that train that derailed", said Linder King, who was sitting in the Birmingham Amtrak station Monday waiting on a friend to pick her up. "Another train", Kempf said.

McMaster said that the freight train engine was all torn up, while that of the Amtrak was "barely recognizable", after the train wreck.

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