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US: Train crash kills 2 in South Carolina

A passenger train collided with a freight train in the US state of South Carolina, killing at least two people.

More than 70 people were injured and taken to hospitals when the Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train near Cayce on Sunday morning.

Palmetto Health Director of Emergency Preparedness Dr Steve Shelton said one patient was in critical condition and two were in serious conditions, with the rest suffering minor injuries.

The Amtrak Train 91 travelling between New York and Miami was carrying 139 passengers and eight crew members at the time of the crash.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said, “They weren’t supposed to be meeting right here by the bridge, clearly. And that may be a time factor but that’s what it appears to me. But I defer to those who are experts in that and do have the correct information. It appears that Amtrak was on the wrong track.

“The first engine of the freight train, of course, was torn up and the single engine of the passenger train, the Amtrak train, which was headed south was barely recognisable. It’s quite a crash.”

Amtrak said in a statement that the lead engine as well as several passenger cars had derailed as a result of the collision.


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