Amtrak train on wrong track in fatal S. Carolina crash

FATAL CRASH- Authorities investigate the scene of a fatal Amtrak train crash in Cayce South Carolina Sunday Feb. 4 2018. At least two were killed and dozens injured

An Amtrak train apparently was traveling on the wrong track before it crashed into a parked CSX Corp freight train in SC on Sunday, leaving at least two people dead and scores more injured.

The conductor and engineer aboard the Amtrak train were killed, the coroner's office said. The others appeared to have minor injuries that would not require further hospital treatment.

The Amtrak train was supposed to continue south on the main track, but a switch diverted it to the siding.

The passenger rail company released a statement noting that it is "deeply saddened" by the deaths of its employees, according to the Associated Press. Police report that the CSX freight was unoccupied at the time of the high-speed crash.

Early this morning, a passenger train with 147 people on board crashed into an empty CSX freight auto in SC. "The first engine of the freight train was torn up and the single engine of the Amtrak train was barely recognizable".

There were fuel leaks from the train, and approximately 5,000 gallons spilled, but Lexington County Spokesperson Harrison Cahill says those have been secured, and there is no threat to the public.

"It's a frightful thing to see, to understand the force involved", the governor said after touring the scene.

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The Palmetto Health hospital system received 62 patients from the crash.

Amtrak Train 91 was carrying 136 passengers from NY to Miami when it hit a stationary CSX Corp train parked on a side track at around 2:35 a.m. local time.

AMY HELD, BYLINE: Train 91 was headed from NY to Miami when it slammed into the parked freight train in KC, just south of Columbia. The train was carrying eight crew members and 139 passengers.

The Amtrak train's lead engine, as well as some passenger cars, were derailed. "You knew we'd hit something or we'd derailed", Pettaway said over the phone.

The American Red Cross sent rescue workers to the scene of the collision, and emergency services say all passengers have been evacuated from the train.

President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences around midday. "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done". The truck driver was killed and six people were injured in the incident.

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