An Amtrak train crashed into a CSX freight train around 2:35 a.m. in South Carolina early this morning, leaving at least two fatalities. This is the second Amtrak crash in less than a week. It’s unclear at this time what caused the crash in South Carolina, but multiple people are being taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries and two have been confirmed to have died in the crash. This is a developing story. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Amtrak’s Silver Service Was Traveling from New York to Miami
Amtrak Train 91 was en route from New York to Miami when the crash happened at 2:35 a.m. local time. The crash occurred in Cayce, South Carolina. Both Amtrak and CSX released statements confirming the crash and the emergency response. The derailment happened near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road, the Lexington Sheriff’s Department said. CSX said in a statement that the crash happened near Dixiana Road and SR 26.
The train was Amtrak’s Silver Service, NBC reported. This is an overnight line connecting New York and Miami, and has a dozen stops on the route.
2. More than 100 Passengers Were On Board and More than 50 Were Injured
The Lexington Sheriff’s Department shared on Twitter that there were 139 passengers on the Amtrak train and eight crew members. At least 50 injured people were being transported by EMS to hospitals. The Red Cross tweeted that disaster trained volunteers were responding at the scene.
A spokesman from the Lexington Medical Center said they had received 25 people with minor injuries, and others were taken to Polmetto Health.
3. At Least Two People Died in the Crash
According to the Lexington Sheriff’s Department, at least two people died in the crash between an Amtrak train and a CSX freight train. The Lexington County Coroner has now confirmed those two deaths.
Anyone with questions regarding the passengers on the train can contact Amtrak at 1-800-523-9101.
4. Several Passenger Cars Derailed
Amtrak Train No. 91’s lead engine derailed, along with some passenger cars, Amtrak shared in a statement. It’s not known yet what caused the collision, but the derailment happened after the collision, Amtrak said in a statement. All passengers are now off the train.
Local media reports stated that the crash happened in an area where cars are unloaded in trucks that were transported by trains.
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5. Amtrak Just Had Another Fatal Crash While Carrying Republican Members of Congress
Amtrak just had another fatal crash a few days ago, on January 31, when an Amtrak train carrying a dozen Republican members of Congress collided with a garbage truck. One man, a 28-year-old passenger in the truck, was killed.
This is a developing story.
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