Amtrak Train Collides With Freight Train In Cayce

(Cayce, SC) -- At least two people are dead and 116 people injured after a passenger train smashed into a freight train in South Carolina this morning. 

South Carolina Red Cross Spokesman Cuthbert Langley said an emergency shelter has been opened up and volunteers are working with first responders. The injured have been taken to local hospitals. It's not clear if the fatalities were on the passenger train or freight train. 

Amtrak reports the Silver Service train operating between New York and Miami hit a CSX freight train a around 2:35 a.m. Eastern time in Cayce, near the capital Columbia. 

The lead engine and some passenger cars derailed. The Amtrak train was carrying 139 passengers and eight crew members.

In a press conference, Gov. Henry McMaster said the CSX freight was unoccupied on a side track at the time and that the two killed were Amtrack personnel. 





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