Amtrak blames CSX for deadly collision

2 dead as train carrying 147 people crashes into freight train in South Carolina

It was the third deadly wreck involving Amtrak in less than two months.

At least two people are dead and many others injured after a passenger train collided with a freight train in SC as many passengers slept while heading from NY to Miami.

Emergency services at the scene in Cayce, South Carolina.

He said his mother suffered a fractured nose and injured her leg in the crash, and was released from Lexington Medical Center in Columbia.

He heard screams and crying all around him as he tried to get out.

Larkin says other passengers were bleeding and that his right knee throbbed.

"The CSX was on the track it was supposed to be on", the Governor said.

Amtrak said earlier in a statement that it was "deeply saddened" by the deaths and that it was cooperating fully with the NTSB. The NTSB said it was working to confirm that. He says of the train: "It was shaking, then it started jumping" before impact.

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Positive train control is a system created to compensate for human error, such as leaving a train switch in the wrong position, officials said.

Currently, 49 percent of Amtrak's locomotives and 67 percent of its tracks are equipped with PTC.

Palmetto Health received 62 patients, including 59 adults and 3 children. "I think we're just happy to be together". "The first engine of the freight train was torn up, and the single engine of the passenger train is barely recognizable". Sumwalt said there was "no way" the Amtrak train could have stopped to avoid a collision.

"I've never seen anything like it ever", Comerico said.

"CSX had lined and padlocked the switch off the mainline to the siding, causing the collision", he said in a statement.

Amtrak officials worked to gather luggage and other belongings and line up buses to take passengers on to their destinations.

Before being sent on their way, those who were not hurt were taken to a shelter set up at a middle school, and local businesses provided coffee and breakfast.

Cella and the train's engineer 54-year-old Michael Kempf were identified as the two people who died as a result of the crash, according to the Lexington County Coroner's Office.

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"Any time you have anything that happens like that, you expect more fatalities".

The number of injured rose to 116 from a previous count of 70, said Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill.

Federal investigators are trying to figure out why a switch was in the wrong position, sending an Amtrak train into a freight train and killing a conductor and an engineer in SC and injuring more than 100 passengers.

Amtrak blamed a freight rail operator for a crash on Sunday that killed 2 and injured more than 100 others. It was going almost 80 miles per hour, more than twice the speed limit.

"It's becoming nearly like an epidemic for Amtrak", said Najmedin Meshkati, a University of Southern California engineering professor who has studied positive train control. But when it became clear that few if any railroads would meet the deadline, Congress extended it another three years to December 31, 2018, with the option to grant railroads that show progress an additional two years to December 31, 2020.

Conn. Sen. Richard Blumenthal tweeted: "America's railroads must be made safer".

The crash has also brought braking technology called Positive Train Control back into the spotlight.

The collision occurred in South Carolina's capital of Columbia at around 2:30 AM on Sunday, causing the lead engine and several cars of the Amtrak passenger train to derail.

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