Train Crash leaves two dead and dozens injured

Train Crash leaves two dead and dozens injured

Train Crash leaves two dead and dozens injured

Authorities said it was not immediately clear why the two trains collided near Cayce, South Carolina.

Amtrak Train 91 was carrying 147 people from NY to Miami when it collided with a CSX freight train in Cayce, South Carolina at 2:35am ET on February 4.

The lead engine and several passenger of Amtrak Train 91, which was operating from NY to Miami, derailed after coming "in contact" with the freight train, Amtrak said in an emailed statement.

CSX issued a statement expressing condolences but said nothing about the cause of the accident. No immediate information is available about the CSX train.

A shelter and reception site are being set up by the American Red Cross at Pine Ridge Middle School.

President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences around midday.

Lexington Medical Center received 27 patients with mostly minor injuries.

"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". It said people with questions about the accident should contact: 1.800.523.9101.

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"The President has been briefed on the train accident in SC and is receiving regular updates", a statement from the White House noted, per reporter Meg Kinnard of The Associated Press.

One person at Palmetto Heath was in critical condition, while two were in serious condition.

It is not known how many people were traveling on the freight train, or whether one of the two trains was stationary at the time of the collision. Officials said some 5,000 gallons of fuel leaked as a result of the collision, but it was under control and no threat to public safety. "I'm pretty sure everybody was asleep and I think people were in shock".

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He said all of the Amtrak passengers had been taken off the train.

- January 31, 2018: A chartered train carrying Republican members of Congress to a strategy retreat crashed into a garbage truck at a crossing in rural Virginia, killing one person in the truck and injuring two others. "In December, an Amtrak train careened off the rails in Washington State as it headed into a curve, spilling cars onto a busy highway and killing three people".

Investigators will be looking into what was going on inside the engineering cab, if the signals on the tracks were working, how the two trains ended up on the same track and why operators didn't know the other train was there, CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave reports.

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