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Two Dead in South Carolina Amtrak Collision

Two Dead in South Carolina Amtrak Collision

The footage begins at the back of the Amtrak commuter train. That is, this was a loading track or a sidetrack... where the collision took place. "Key to this investigation is learning why it was lined that way".

Amtrak Train 91 was heading southbound and should have continued straight along the tracks, but the rail switch had been manually set to send the train onto the rail siding, where the CSX train was parked, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Sunday.

Kempf, a father of three sons who lived in Savannah, Ga., spent 20 years in the Army, his brother said. He said the two killed worked for Amtrak.

One train vehicle completely flipped over and crushed.

Amtrak says Train 91 was operating between NY and Miami, and came in contact with a CSX freight train.

"The lead engine derailed, as well as some passenger cars", Amtrak reported. Authorities said they have not determined if both trains were moving or if the Amtrak train was diverted on to a side track. There was no Positive Train Control system on the tracks at this location. Everyone was off the train, and the Red Cross was assisting them, the department said on its website.

He said the question for investigators is why that happened. "But once we got there and found that she was safe, I just thank God that she was safe".

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

- October 2, 2012: Two cars and the locomotive of an Amtrak train carrying about 169 passengers derailed after colliding with a semitrailer in California's Central Valley.

He said it was the scariest moment of his life when he looked over and saw she wasn't there, but he was relieved when he saw her a few rows up. "Safety is our priority".

President Donald Trump responded to the Amtrak train crash in Cayce, sending thoughts and prayers to victims.

It's next stops were Southern Pines and Hamlet before heading into SC. There were 8 crew members and approximately 139 passengers.

The coroner's office of Lexington County in SC confirmed the two people who were killed were Amtrak personnel. The Palmetto Health hospital system received 62 patients from the crash.

"Minor scratches and bruises but really just traumatized by the whole experience", he said. However, Cahill said the spill was being contained and that there is no threat to public safety. From there, he went to a shelter at Pine Ridge Middle School for passengers who didn't suffer serious injuries. Later, buses were seen taking them on to another destination.

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