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Amtrak, CSX train collision in South Carolina leaves 2 dead, 70 injured, officials say

17:00, Sunday, 04 February, 2018
Amtrak, CSX train collision in South Carolina leaves 2 dead, 70 injured, officials say

At least two people were killed and 70 were injured when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX freight train early Sunday just outside the capital of South Carolina, officials said.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division said Amtrak 91 was traveling from New York to Miami when it collided with the CSX train in Cayce around 2:35 a.m. At least 70 people transported to local hospitals, Capt. Adam Myrick with the Lexington County Sheriff's Office said at a news conference.

"We have anywhere from scratches and bumps to more severe broken bones," Myrick told reporters.

Amtrak said in a statement the train's lead engine derailed, as did some passenger cars that was carrying eight crew members and approximately 139 passengers on board.

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