On early Sunday morning, at approximately 2:30 a.m., an Amtrak passenger train with 147 people onboard collided with a CSX freight train in South Carolina. The lead engine and some passenger cars were derailed during the incident. Initially, officials reported that 70 people had been taken to local hospitals for treatment; however, it has since been reported that 116 people were injured in the crash.
Two people, both Amtrak personnel, were killed.
One was a 54-year-old train engineer. The other was the 36-year-old conductor.
According to Governor Henry McMaster, the CSX freight train had been stationary on the track when the Amtrak train hit it. It’s not believed that anyone was on the train at the time. Approximately 5,000 gallons of fuel was spilled during the crash, but it’s not believed to be a public safety threat.
An investigation has been launched by the National Transportation Safety Board.
This is the latest in a string of train accidents involving Amtrak in the last few months. Last week, an Amtrak train carrying members of Congress hit a truck in Virginia; earlier in January, an Amtrak train struck an SUV in North Carolina, killing a pastor and his wife; and in December, three people were killed after an Amtrak train derailed in Washington, falling off an overpass onto Interstate 5.