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South Carolina Amtrak crash: 2 killed, 70 injured after trains collide

Amtrak said in a statement that its passenger train, operating between New York and Miami, came in contact with a CSX freight train around 2.35 a.m

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Authorities investigate the scene of a fatal Amtrak train crash in Cayce, South Carolina. Photo credit: AP | PTI

At least two persons were killed and 70 injured after an passenger train collided with a freight train in early on Sunday, officials said.

Authorities confirmed that the two deaths occurred in the train, not the freight train run by the CSX.

A spokesman for the Emergency Management Division said that injuries ranged from minor cuts to broken bones, Xinhua news agency reported.

said in a statement that its passenger train, operating between New York and Miami, came in contact with a CSX freight train around 2.35 a.m. in Cayce,

"The lead engine derailed, as well as some passenger cars," the statement said, adding: "There were eight crew members and approximately 139 passengers, with injuries reported."

The CSX confirmed the collision in the statement. No immediate information is available about the CSX train.

The Lexington County Sheriff's Department tweeted that the collision and derailment occurred near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road.

The injured were in hospitals as emergency responders and police were working on the scene.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it has launched an investigation into the collision.

 

First Published: Sun, February 04 2018. 21:28 IST
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