2 killed in South Carolina Amtrak train derailment

BREAKING: Train derails in horror crash with multiple casualties feared

The area has three rows of tracks, and the freight train was parked on a "loading track or a side track" and "not the main track", McMaster said.

Governor McMaster said that "it appears the Amtrak was on the wrong track" and the unmanned goods train "was on the track it was supposed to be on". He said the National Transportation Safety Board was sending a crew to investigate, and that South Carolina State Police and the FBI were assisting in the investigation. "There may be a timing factor".

The southbound passenger train's locomotive was lying on its side, and the first vehicle was bent and also derailed, although it remained upright, according to images from the scene in the small city of Cayce, South Carolina. Video from the scene showed the twisted and gnarled wreckage of several CSX cars.

Authorities said the freight train spilled 5,000 gallons of fuel, but hazmat teams were dispatched to the scene and determined the leak was not a danger to the public.

The crash is the latest in a series of high-profile incidents involving passenger trains, including at least three people killed by high-speed Brightline trains in Florida since that service began testing a year ago and launched in January.

Most of the passengers were expected to be treated and released. He admits the train was running behind schedule, but said the train was not speeding because they were late.

Positive train controls are created to compensate for human error, such as leaving a train switch in the wrong position, officials said.

He says their early into their probe, and they're just trying to collect any evidence that they could lose immediately.

The engineer saw the 30-mph sign at the entrance to the curve and applied the brakes shortly before the train derailed, tumbling off the overpass as it entered the curve, the NTSB said.

A spokesperson for Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina, told ABC News that it received 25 patients with minor injuries.




Speaking to CNN, passenger Derek Pettaway said he was travelling south from Philadelphia to Orlando in a sleeper cabin when he was awoken by the impact of the crash.

That isn't the case for the next auto, which was violently bent in half, jutting off the track while still relatively connected to the cars in front and to the rear of it. He said the Amtrak information line is: 1-800-523-9101.

SC emergency officials said that all passengers were off the train by of 6:30 a.m.

One passenger who was injured and taken to the hospital, 57-year-old Lynn Winston, was traveling home to Tampa after spending time with her daughters in NY and New Jersey.

He had left his wife and another female friend off at the Raleigh train station Saturday night so they could take a trip to Florida. According to the Associated Press there are 116 hurt.

Smith and his friend walked to the crash site and saw passengers of all ages beginning to exit the train.

An Amtrak train transporting dozens of members of Congress and staff to a Republican retreat struck a truck in Crozet, Virginia, last week.

U.S. Senator Tim Scott tweeted: My prayers are with the families of those killed in the train crash in Lexington County this morning, and hoping for the best for all those injured.

"There were a few people with noticeably bad injuries but most people didn't seem super injured", Kinney added.

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