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USA train 'on wrong track' in fatal crash

05 February 2018

Amtrak Train 91 was traveling between NY and Miami with 147 people aboard when it collided with a CSX freight train in Cayce at about 2:35 a.m., derailing the lead engine and some passenger cars, Amtrak said in a statement.

Amtrak Train 91 runs on the Silver Service/Palmetto line between NY and Miami, according to the companys website.

An Amtrak train involved in a deadly crash with a stationary freight train in SC appeared to be on the wrong track, the state governor says. "But I defer to those who are experts in that and do have the correct information, but it appears that Amtrak was on the wrong track".

Henry McMaster said at a news conference that a CSX freight train appeared to be on a loading track when the Amtrak train with 147 people aboard slammed into it at 2:35 Cayce, South Carolina, just east of Columbia.

The dead Amtrak workers have been named as engineer Michael Kempf, 54, from Georgia, and conductor Michael Cella, 36, of Florida. Her injuries were minor, but waiting for help in the dark was terrifying, she told Neblett.

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- December 18, 2017: Three people were killed and dozens of others were hurt when an Amtrak train derailed as it made its inaugural run along a new 15-mile (24-kilometer) bypass route in Washington state, en route from Tacoma to Portland, Oregon.

This is not the only accident of the Amtrak that has occurred.

Sources with the railroad and familiar with the investigation told NBC News that before the crash, all CSX signals were offline for maintenance.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, Congress required some railroad mainlines, including those with commuter rail passenger service, to fully implement positive train control by the end of 2015.

A Tampa woman riding aboard this mornings crashed Amtrak train thought, at first, it might have been a dream.

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Sumwalt said video from the front of the Amtrak train had been recovered and sent to Washington, where it will be inspected. Instead, it took it off to a siding track where the CSX train was parked.

Authorities investigate the scene of a fatal Amtrak train crash in Cayce, S.C., February 4, 2018.

Palmetto Health hospitals confirmed they received a total of 62 patients. One of the patients is in critical condition and two others are in serious condition. He said the engine of the Amtrak train was "barely recognizable." because of the force of the collision. Hazmat responded to the spill and there is no further threat to the public.

The passenger said his leg was injured in the collision, and he was put on crutches as he waited to be evaluated. The truck driver was killed and six people were injured in the incident.

Just four days ago, a lorry driver was killed when his vehicle was hit by a train carrying lawmakers in Virginia.

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USA train 'on wrong track' in fatal crash