2 dead, 70 injured as trains collide in US


An investigation is now underway on how an Amtrak passenger train ended up on the wrong track, causing a deadly crash with another train early Sunday morning in the US state of SC.

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. At least 70 people were transported to local hospitals, Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said at a news conference. That train then returned to the main track and backed into the siding, Sumwalt said.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said, "They weren't supposed to be meeting right here by the bridge, clearly".

Two people have died and more than a hundred have been injured after an Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train in SC.

The specific details of what caused the crash are still being unraveled, and it hasn't yet been determined if both trains were moving.

"I could feel on the train that we were accelerating, and next thing I know, we were swaying back and forth - and then you could tell you were kind of going off the track", he said. No one was aboard the freight train, according to McMaster.

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Republicans had chartered the train to carry them from Washington to the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, where the party was holding its annual policy retreat.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will be arriving on site all day, and that includes NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt. People who have questions about passengers on the train can contact us at 800-523-9101.

Michael Kempf, the 54-year-old train engineer from Savannah, Georgia, was killed in the crash, she said.

Local authorities said that 5,000 gallons of fuel had spilled in the crash, but that hazmat teams had been dispatched and the fuel was thought not to be a danger to the public.

This photo shows passenger cars derailed after the collision.

The Lexington County Sheriff's Office were among the first to respond to the scene.