Amtrak crash: Two killed after trains collide in South Carolina
A train carrying 147 people has collided with a goods train in the US state of South Carolina, killing at least two people, local police say.More than 50 people were injured. The train’s lead engine and several passenger carriages derailed in the crash, Amtrak said in a statement.The train was operating between New York and Miami.It comes four days after a lorry driver was killed when his vehicle hit a train carrying lawmakers in Virginia.The local sheriff department confirmed the fatalities in the crash, which happened early on Sunday in the city of Cayce, just outside the state capital, Columbia.
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#BREAKING: Two fatalities in passenger train versus freight train. @CountyLex EMS has transported more than 50 injured. #LESM #LCSDnews— Lexington Sheriff (@LCSD_News) February 4, 2018
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The American Red Cross has sent rescue workers to the scene of the collision, and emergency services say all passengers have been evacuated from the train.
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LexCo emergency officials on scene of train collision & derailment near Charleston Hwy and Pine Ridge Rd. Media staging to be held at @SCEMD parking lot. pic.twitter.com/NYggZK1P29— @CountyofLexington (@CountyLex) February 4, 2018
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According to Amtrak, there were 139 passengers and eight staff members on board the train. It is not known how many people were inside the goods train.Concerns about Amtrak’s safety standards have been raised after a number of fatal train crashes in recent years. Last December, three people were killed when a passenger train derailed after hitting a 30mph (50km/h) curve at 80mph in Washington state.On Wednesday, six people were injured when a chartered Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, struck a lorry, killing its driver.