Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

2 people killed, 70 injured in US train crash

2 people killed, 70 injured in US train crash

The Amtrak train's lead engine, as well as some passenger cars, were derailed. The CSX freight train engine was also damaged considerably.

Amtrak president Richard Anderson appeared to point the finger at CSX, saying the signal system run by the freight rail company at that spot was down at the time, and CSX dispatchers were manually routing trains. Disaster-trained Red Cross volunteers were at the scene shortly after the incident, assisting with those efforts.

"Me and him always talked about this.something happening", said Rich Kempf, who lives in Mesa, Ariz. "This was a loading track for a sidetrack - where the collision took place". "That's subject to verification".

Authorities said they haven't determined if both trains were moving or if the Amtrak train was diverted on to a side track.

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Amtrak released this statement following the accident.

Amtrak staff quickly got people off the train, Pettaway said. The CSX confirmed the collision in the statement.

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

The system is in place in the north east, but railroads that operate tracks used by Amtrak elsewhere in the USA have got extensions to the deadlines. No one was on the CSX train.

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. A Positive Train Control system on at this location would have likely prevented the crash.

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The collision was yet another crash highlighting Positive Train Control, a system that among other things is created to prevent trains from speeding.

Dr. Eric Brown, Physician Executive at Palmetto Health Richland says 48 of the patients went to the Palmetto Health Richland level 1 trauma center, four went to the downtown hospital, and ten went to a hospital in Irmo.

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Jaclyn Kinney, 22, from Pinehurst, North Carolina, was in the sleeper vehicle with her boyfriend on their way to Orlando.

A passenger on the train, Carl Bishop, spoke with WXIA, AND says he and his wife were in a sleeping auto at the time of the crash.

"It knocked us around and we got bumped into the wall from the impact and the train derailed. More details to come". We know this is like nothing else they have ever been through. About 80 people were injured.

"My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims involved in this mornings train collision in SC", he said.

McMaster says 116 of the injured have been transported to local hospitals, and officials confirm everyone has been removed from the trains.

This is the second fatal Amtrak crash nationally in a week and the third in the last few months.

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