At Least Two Dead After US Train Collision

BREAKING: Train derails in horror crash with multiple casualties feared

The Amtrak train was heading from NY to Miami with about 139 people on board when the crash happened around 2:45 a.m. near Cayce, authorities said.

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) - Amtrak President Richard Anderson says the signal system run by a private railroad was down when one of his passenger trains slammed into the rear of a parked freight train carrying automobiles on a side track in SC, killing two workers.

The Amtrak train, which was operating between NY and Miami, had 139 passengers and eight crew members on board.

Amtrak says its train's lead engine and some of the passenger cars derailed.

The train, Amtrak 91, was operating between NY and Miami.

McMaster said he was told the Amtrak train was going about 59 miles per hour.

Amtrak is working to take care of everyone who was on the train, including family members of our passengers and crew. Those looking for information about passengers can call the Amtrak information line at 800-523-9101.

McMaster says 116 of the injured have been transported to local hospitals, and officials confirm everyone has been removed from the trains. "Additional information will be made available as details of the incident are confirmed". Lexington County authorities have been notified and are responding to the incident.

"My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims involved in this mornings train collision in South Carolina", President Trump tweeted.

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About 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled at the scene, Becker said.

On Sunday, McMaster visited with the Cayce passengers who were taken to a Red Cross shelter set up at nearby Pine Ridge Middle School.

"We know they are shaken up quite a bit".

TV footage from the scene showed the aftermath of the crash, with the Amtrak engine on its side and its front crumpled.

"Currently there is one patient that is in critical condition, there are two others that are in serious and a few others that are now being evaluated for possible serious conditions", he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what caused the crash. "I think people were more in shock than anything else".

He went to work for CSX once he got out of the Army, and spent between eight or nine years first as a conductor and then as a certified engineer, Rich Kempf told the News.

Just last week, a service carrying Republican Congress members, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, from Washington to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck.

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