2 Dead, more than 100 injured in South Carolina train wreck
Two Amtrak employees were killed and at least 100 other people were injured when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX freight train early Sunday morning in Cayce, South Carolina near Columbia.
Amtrak train #91 was traveling from New York to Miami when it collided head-on with the CSX train derailing several cars on the passenger train. Of the eight crew and 139 passengers, two crewmembers are confirmed dead and at least 100 others have been injured.
“We have anywhere from scratches and bumps to more severe broken bones,” Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill told reporters.
The crash happened in a stretch of tracks by a rail yard about 10 miles south of Columbia, where several track spurs split off for freight cars to be unloaded. Officials have not determined if both trains were moving or if the passenger train was diverted on to a side track.
This marks the third deadly Amtrak train crash in the last four weeks. Amtrak officials told those with questions to call 1-800-523-9101.
Individuals with questions regarding passengers on train 91 can contact us at 1.800.523.9101
— Amtrak (@Amtrak) February 4, 2018