Amtrak South Carolina Crash: Photos & Videos from the Scene

Amtrak South Carolina Crash: Photos & Videos from the Scene

Amtrak South Carolina Crash: Photos & Videos from the Scene

An Amtrak train en route from NY to Miami collided with a CSX freight train and derailed near Columbia, South Carolina, leaving at least two dead and 70 injured, police and Amtrak officials said.

The train was carrying 139 passengers and a crew of eight when it slammed into the parked freight train and derailed. The train crashed into a freight train, killing two people and injuring at least 50 more.

The train was part of Amtrak' Silver Star Service and was headed for Miami, local media reported.

The crash also caused almost 5,000 gallons of fuel to spill; authorities are working to contain the spill.

The Public Information Officer for the Lexington County Sheriff's Office says it happened near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Drive.

Matthew Cheeseman, superintendent of Perquimans County Schools, said he was in one of the cars that derailed outside of Columbia early Sunday. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said in a statement that the Amtrak train appeared to be on the wrong track, with the CSX being on the correct lane, but declined to directly confirm that was the case, leaving the investigation to experts. Two members of the train's crew and at least two passengers, including Representative Jason Lewis, Republican of Minnesota, were also hospitalized with minor injuries.

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"I could feel on the train that we were accelerating, and next thing I know, we were swaying back and forth - and then you could tell you were kind of going off the track", he said.

The incident took place at around 2.35am local time in Cayce, South Carolina.

The injured were in hospitals as emergency responders and police were working on the scene.

No politicians were seriously injured but a Minnesota representative, Jason Lewis, was taken to a hospital as a precaution and released. Late a year ago, an Amtrak train derailed in northwestern US state of Washington, killing three people and injured dozens.

The latest fatal crash on America's rail network is the seventh since 2013 and the second in a week - after an Amtrak carrying members of Congress collided with a truck in Virginia on Wednesday.

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

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