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Amtrak Train Derailed - Two Dead, 70 Injured in SC

06 February 2018

Two Amtrak workers were killed and more than 110 people were injured when the Amtrak train traveling from NY to Miami slammed into the freight train parked on a side track.

"Amtrak Train 91, operating between NY and Miami, came into contact with a CSX freight train at around 2:35 am in Cayce, South Carolina", an Amtrak statement said.

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

The two people who died were aboard the Amtrak train, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher confirmed.

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"CSX owns and controls the Columbia Subdivision where the accident occurred".

The passenger train is part of Amtrak's 'Silver Service, ' an overnight line that connects NY and Miami with numerous stops along the way.

The collision occurred near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road, in Cayce, authorities said.

This is the second major crash involving their trains in less than a week. All passengers that were on Train 91 have been taken off the train. At this time, there are no passengers on the train.

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"For whatever reason that switch was, as they say in the railroad industry, 'lined and locked, '" said Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

The injured were in hospitals as emergency responders and police were working on the scene. Two members of the passenger train brigade were killed and 116 people were injured.

Amtrak and the Lexington County Sheriff's officials were not available for immediate comment.

The crash comes only days after another Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers hit a garbage truck in Virginia, killing one person and injuring six others.

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An estimated 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled because of the collision and a hazard team was brought onto the site, but the spokesman said the spill apparently posed "no threat to the public at this time". Families with questions about customers on the train can contact us at 800-523-9101.

In December, another Amtrak derailment in Washington state caused the deaths of three passengers, with 62 injured.

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Amtrak Train Derailed - Two Dead, 70 Injured in SC