Two killed in crash involving Amtrak train, freight train - KMOV.com

Two killed in crash involving Amtrak train, freight train

Posted: Updated:
(Credit: Analog Nightmare) (Credit: Analog Nightmare)

By Nicole Chavez and Dakin Andone CNN

(CNN) -- Two people were killed in a crash involving a freight train and an Amtrak passenger train early Sunday in South Carolina, authorities said.

Amtrak Train 91 was traveling between New York and Miami with 147 people aboard when it collided with a CSX freight train in Cayce.

At least 70 people were injured and transported to local hospitals, Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said. Injuries ranged from scratches to broken bones.

The crash occurred at about 2:35 a.m., derailing the lead engine and some passenger cars, Amtrak said in a statement.

About 5,000 gallons of fuel were spilled, authorities estimated, but Cahill said there was "no threat to the public at the time."

Derek Pettaway was a passenger in one of the train's rear cars, headed for Orlando, he told CNN on Sunday morning. He was awoken by the impact, and the crew came through the cars "really quickly" and got everybody off the train.

"Nobody was panicking," Pettaway said. "I think people were more in shock than anything else."

Pettaway was discharged from a hospital with minor whiplash, he said. From there, he went to a shelter for passengers who didn't suffer serious injuries at Pine Ridge Middle School.

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation.

This is the latest incident involving an Amtrak train in the past few weeks.

In December, an Amtrak train derailed near DuPont in Washington state and hurtled off an overpass onto Interstate 5, killing three people. The Amtrak engineer on that train told investigators he mistook a signal and braked moments before the deadly crash, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Last week, an Amtrak train carrying members of Congress to a Republican retreat in West Virginia struck a truck near Charlottesville, Virginia. Investigators looking into the crash are focusing on the actions of the driver of a truck, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

CNN's Carma Hassan contributed to this report.

TM & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Report: School shooter describes emotional struggle in 911 call

    Report: School shooter describes emotional struggle in 911 call

    Saturday, February 24 2018 1:22 PM EST2018-02-24 18:22:03 GMT

    Nikolas Cruz had only recently moved in with a family friend weeks after his mother died when he reportedly called 911 to describe a tumultuous encounter with his new host.

    More >

    Nikolas Cruz had only recently moved in with a family friend weeks after his mother died when he reportedly called 911 to describe a tumultuous encounter with his new host.

    More >
  • Delta and United join list of companies to cut ties with the NRA

    Delta and United join list of companies to cut ties with the NRA

    Saturday, February 24 2018 11:47 AM EST2018-02-24 16:47:57 GMT
    The National Rifle Association of America is a nonprofit organization which advocates for gun rights.The National Rifle Association of America is a nonprofit organization which advocates for gun rights.

    Two major airlines. A cybersecurity firm. Six car rental brands. A home security company. An Omaha bank. Companies have scrambled to cut ties with the National Rifle Association over the past couple of days, and the list continued to grow into the weekend. 

    More >

    Two major airlines. A cybersecurity firm. Six car rental brands. A home security company. An Omaha bank. Companies have scrambled to cut ties with the National Rifle Association over the past couple of days, and the list continued to grow into the weekend. 

    More >
  • Bombs, gunfight rock Somali capital, killing dozens

    Bombs, gunfight rock Somali capital, killing dozens

    Saturday, February 24 2018 6:56 AM EST2018-02-24 11:56:12 GMT
    Residents survey remains after the Friday bombings in Mogadishu.  CREDIT: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty ImagesResidents survey remains after the Friday bombings in Mogadishu. CREDIT: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images
    Twin car bombings and a gun battle in the heart of Somalia's capital left dozens dead and scores wounded, authorities said Saturday.More >
    Twin car bombings and a gun battle in the heart of Somalia's capital left dozens dead and scores wounded, authorities said Saturday.More >
Powered by Frankly