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Amtrak train collides with freight train, killing 2 and injuring 70

06 February 2018

Two people were killed and at least 70 others injured when an Amtrak train derailed early Sunday in SC. And 116 people were taken to four hospitals, according to the governor.

The Amtrak train, which was operating between New England and Florida, had 139 passengers and eight crew members on board.

Winston says she was in the sleeper vehicle and had just woken up to use the bathroom when the crash happened.

Five thousand gallons of fuel also spilled in the collision.

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"The incident is very near the state farmers' market and other residential areas but right now, everyone is safe", said Derrec Becker, public information officer at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

Two people were killed and 116 hospitalized after a passenger train collided with a freight train in SC. The crash caused the lead engine and some passenger cars to derail. Those who didn't sustain serious injuries were transported to a shelter at nearby Pine Ridge Middle School. The US Federal Railroad Administration estimates Amtrak has about two derailments per month, but passenger fatalities are far less common than fatalities among those hit by a train.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher released the names of the deceased at a press conference on Sunday afternoon. He added, "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done!"

Temperatures were in the upper 30s when the incident occurred.

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Several other crash victims are reportedly in critical condition.

At least four cars of the freight train, which was northbound before it was parked, were crumpled, looking like crushed tin foil, but remained on the tracks.

This is the third deadly Amtrak accident in a matter of weeks.

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Last week, a train carrying dozens of Republican members of congress collided with a truck in West Virginia. One person in the truck was killed in the crash in Crozet, Virginia.

Amtrak train collides with freight train, killing 2 and injuring 70