At Least Two Killed in Amtrak Collision With Freight Train

Amtrak engineer killed in train crash was 'a loving father'

An Amtrak train traveling from NY to Miami crashed into a freight train early Sunday, killing at least two people, injuring at least 116 others.

Mr McMaster said 116 people were taken to hospital for treatment.

Amtrak's train with almost 150 people traveled from NY to Miami and moved at 95 km / h as it crashed into CSX's freight train, which had stopped at a side track.

The Lexington County sheriff's department said all passengers had been taken off the train. "All the injured have been transported to local hospitals", Becker said.

Amtrak engineer killed in train crash was 'a loving father'
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According to police, several thousand gallons of fuel spilled as a result of the crash.

The Amtrak train was supposed to continue south on the main track, but a switch diverted it to the siding. In December, three people were killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Washington state, near Tacoma, sending carriages onto a busy road.

Matthew Cheeseman, superintendent of Perquimans County Schools, said he was in one of the cars that derailed outside of Columbia early Sunday.

A spokesperson for South Carolina Emergency Management Division earlier revealed that the injuries range from small scratches and bumps to broken bones. There were two fatalities, according to the Lexington County coroner's office. "The train is going we know somewhere along 50 to 55 miles an hour". One man, Derek Pattaway, said he and a companion had been on board when the incident occurred, writing on Instagram: "Prayers and thoughts with the injured".

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Six passengers remain hospitalized - two of them in critical condition.

Amtrak, in a statement, wrote that it is "deeply saddened to report the death of two of our employees in this morning's derailment in Cayce, South Carolina".

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

Last week, an Amtrak train carrying members of Congress to a Republican retreat in West Virginia struck a truck near Charlottesville, Virginia.

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