2 killed, 50+ injured following SC train collision, officials say

BREAKING: Train derails in horror crash with multiple casualties feared

According to Dr. Steve Shelton with Palmetto Health, one patient remains critical and two others are in serious condition.

Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill said the trains collided in Cayce around 2:45 a.m. Sunday. The engineer later told the NTSB he had misread a signal and tried to brake before the accident. CSX owns and controls the Columbia Subdivision where the accident occurred. "CSX controls the dispatching of all trains, including directing the signal systems which control the access to sidings and yards", the statement said. Eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured when the locomotive and four of the train's seven passenger cars jumped the tracks.

The Amtrak 91 was going from Miami to NY when it crashed into a CSX Goods train in Cayce in SC.

CSX personnel have been on site to assist state and local authorities, who are responding to the incident.

A Silver Star Amtrak train traveling just outside Columbia, South Carolina collided with a CSX freight train early Sunday morning, killing two passengers and injuring at least 116.

The two fatalities in the crash were both crew members.

Two deaths were confirmed by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. "The crew came through really quickly and got everyone detrained in a really calm fashion".

Amtrak said in a statement that the lead engine as well as several passenger cars had derailed as a result of the collision.

A coroner says the two people killed when an Amtrak train collided with a freight train in SC were both on board the passenger train. He could not confirm if any of the injuries were life-threatening.

"We basically woke up to the train crash", she told NBC News.

USA president Donald Trump has been following the situation from Washington, D.C., according to a statement from the White House.

Hospital officials told Fox News they have received almost 90 patients from the crash, but most of which have been discharged already. We will also be keeping this story updated throughout the day and evening.

Adam Myrick with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department says injuries to other passengers range from small scratches to severe broken bones.

McMaster said the CSX train was parked on what appears to be a side track when the Amtrak train heading from NY to Miami with 139 passengers slammed into the CSX train around 2:45 a.m. Sunday near Cayce.

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.

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