Two dead, 70 injured in SC train collision

Amtrak engineer killed in train crash was 'a loving father'

The lead engine and some passenger cars derailed, Amtrak said in a statement.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said, "They weren't supposed to be meeting right here by the bridge, clearly".

The train, Amtrak's Silver Star service run, originated at Pennsylvania Station in NY and was bound for Miami, according to media reports.

Emergency officials say a shelter has been set up at Pine Ridge Middle school for passengers.

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

The train's staff evacuated passengers in a "really calm fashion", he said.

It is not known how many people were travelling on the freight train, or whether one of the two trains was stationary at the time of the collision. There were eight crew members and approximately 140 passengers on board.

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Republicans had chartered the train to carry them from Washington to the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, where the party was holding its annual policy retreat.

A passenger on the train, Carl Bishop, speaking with 11Alive's Faith Abubey says he and his wife were in a sleeping vehicle at the time of the crash.

A National Transportation Safety Board "Go Team" was dispatched to the scene to investigate the overnight collision. There was "no threat to the public at the time", officials said. Families with questions about customers on the train can contact us at 800-523-9101.

Two people on the Amtrak train were killed, and 116 injured when it slammed into a parked CSX freight train on a side track.

A passenger on the garbage truck, 28-year-old Christopher Foley, was killed and two others on the truck were injured, according to police. "Thank you to our incredible First Responders for the work they've done".

#CONFIRMED: Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has confirmed two deaths in passenger train versus freight train.

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