2 dead, 116 injured as Amtrak, freight trains collide in SC

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At least two people have died and scores have been injured after an Amtrak service traveling from NY to Miami collided with a freight train early Sunday morning. The Amtrak train, which had 139 passengers and eight crew members on it, was traveling between NY and Miami, CNN reports.

In December, three people were killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Washington state near the city of Tacoma, sending cars flying off a bridge and onto a busy interstate highway.

McMaster says 116 of the injured have been transported to local hospitals, and officials confirm everyone has been removed from the trains.

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 only way the Amtrak train could have gotten onto the siding was for a switch to have been thrown", Anderson said. Anyone seeking info about passengers on Train 91 should call the Amtrak info line at 1-800-523-9101.

McMaster said the CSX train was stationary on the north track.

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

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it was investigating the incident. There were 8 crew members and approximately 139 passenger, with injuries reported.

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

And the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said it was also responding to the accident.

It was the second major crash for the railroad in less than a week.

The trains collided near a stretch of tracks by a rail yard about 10 miles south of Columbia, where several track spurs split off for freight cars to be unloaded. Just last week, an Amtrak train carrying members of Congress to a retreat in West Virginia struck a truck near Charlottesville, Virginia. One person in the truck was killed in the crash in Crozet, Virginia.

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