Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump offers 'thoughts and prayers' to victims of Amtrak crash

Trump offers 'thoughts and prayers' to victims of Amtrak crash

The lead engine derailed, as well as some passenger cars according to the release.

Sumwalt's comments confirmed a statement made by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster earlier in the day when he said "it appears that Amtrak was on the wrong track". CSX said its personnel were on site to assist law enforcement.

The Amtrak train was traveling from New Nork to Miami. CSX owns and controls the Columbia Subdivision where the accident occurred.

Tom Allen with the Office of Regulatory Staff said that two trains on the same track is a problem. Kempf was from Savannah, Georgia, and Cella was from Orange Park, Florida, she said. In December, an Amtrak train in Washington state derailed while crossing an overpass, spilling cars onto a busy highway and killing three people. Their injuries went from minor scratches to broken bones.

Amtrak Train 91 was carrying 139 passengers and eight crew members to Miami from NY when it hit the freight train at about 2.35 am local time (0735 GMT) near Columbia, South Carolina's state capital, and derailed, the railroad said in a statement.

In addition to the fatalities, at least 70 people were injured and transported to local hospitals, Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said.

Numerous passengers were asleep when the crash jolted them awake and forced them into the cold.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it was traveling to the scene to investigate the crash. CSX controls the dispatching of all trains, including directing the signal systems which control the access to sidings and yards.

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- June 23, 2014: An Amtrak train hit a vehicle that was apparently driving on train tracks in MA, killing three people in the vehicle and derailing the train just before midnight in a remote area about 24 miles southwest of Boston.

Amtrak's online train schedule for train 91 - the Silver Star - shows a scheduled stop in Raleigh at 9:01 p.m. and then a stop in Cary at 9:23 p.m.

"My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims in this mornings train collision in South Carolina", Trump said.

If the Amtrak - CSX train collision in Cayce, S.C. affected you directly, or if you know someone who was a passenger on the train, WFAE News would like to speak with you.

In an emailed statement, Amtrak said that it was "deeply saddened" by the deaths and that it was cooperating fully with the NTSB. Amtrak has set up a hotline where family can get information about people involved: 1-800-523-9101.

Authorities said the freight train spilled 5,000 gallons of fuel, but hazmat teams were dispatched to the scene and determined the leak was not a danger to the public.

This is Amtrak's second real crash in under seven days.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to update you on this developing story.

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