Deadly Train Collision In Cayce

(Lexington County Sheriff's Department via AP)

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.

“It’s a terrible thing to see. We take great pains to see that these kinds of things do not happen, but unfortunately they do from time to time.”

– Gov. Henry McMaster

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.

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:

1-800-523-9101

 

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