Amtrak train 91 was traveling from New York to Miami when about 2:35A Sunday it collided with a CSX freight train on the same track in Cayce. The collision forced the lead engine and several passenger cars to derail.
Nearly 120 passengers have been sent to area hospitals with injuries ranging from scratches to broken bones. With 2 fatalities being reported this morning, Midlands hospitals have been hard at work alongside first responders and the American Red Cross.
With it’s third collision in just a few short months, many speculate a train stoppage for Amtrak in an effort to evaluate safety and infrastructure concerns.
“It appears Amtrak was on the wrong track,” South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster says of deadly crash.
2 Amtrak personnel dead and 116 people transported to hospitals in overnight train accident, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says pic.twitter.com/lgPY2EISLn
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 4, 2018
Pine Ridge Middle School has been established as a Red Cross reception site for passengers, local authorities and the several additional agencies on-site investigating the crash. In addition to the South Carolina Emergency Management team and the Lexington County Sheriffs Department, the National Transportation Safety Board and the FBI are also reported at the site of the crash.
Those looking for information on loved ones who may have been travelling with Amtrak overnight are asked to check with the Amtrak information hotline:
As you and your loved ones gather at church and other houses of worship today, we ask that you pray for those affected and the families of those who have passed away in the train collision this morning.
— Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) February 4, 2018